Research:Ideas/Requests for adminship and the retention of long term editors

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Requests for adminship and the retention of long term editors
November 6, 2013
This page, in a nutshell. Let's look at Wikipedia's Request for Adminship process to check it's restrictiveness and model the effect on retention.

The process for requesting adminship and other user rights on English Wikipedia has (anecdotally & quantitatively) become more restrictive over time. The restrictiveness of could be affecting the retention of long term users or could be systematically biased against certain types of users. I want to use public data to explore this.

Previous work has built models useful for predicting future administrators[1], but that work is quite old (2008) and has not been updated to explore more recent patterns.

Support needed[edit]

  • Someone with experience in RfA to help identify useful metrics and spot check results
  • Someone to help with modeling work

Ready to create a project page?


  1. Moira Burke and Robert Kraut. 2008. Taking up the mop: identifying future wikipedia administrators. In CHI '08 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3441-3446. DOI=10.1145/1358628.1358871