Grants:IdeaLab/Measuring the health of an article
What Wikimedia project(s) and specific areas will you be evaluating?
Is this project measuring a specific space on a project (e.g. deletion discussions), or the project as a whole?
Wikipedia, any language
Describe your idea. How might it be implemented?
Don’t try to measure users, measure articles. Just divide the length of article additions by the length of added talk comments and you’ve already got a measure of how smooth and efficient things are going currently. Add the number of edits (article and/or Talk) as an index showing the ratio’s significance. Like so: 0,5(4) means total Talk additions are twice as long as much as article additions and there are 4 contributors.
Are there experienced Wikimedians who can help implement this project?
If applicable, please list groups or usernames of individuals who you can work with on this project, and what kind of work they will do.
Not applicable, I guess? A measurement is only part of the process, like a diagnostic method.
How would your measurement idea help your community make better decisions?
After you are finished measuring or evaluating your Wikimedia project, how do you expect that information to be used to benefit the project?
An automated measure of "trouble spots" informs moderators/conflict solvers/ombudsmen where their attention may be needed.
Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need?
Do you need people with specific skills to complete this idea? Are there any financial needs for this project? If you can’t implement this project, can you scale down your project so it is doable?
I can’t do this.
About the idea creator
Expand your idea
Would a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation help make your idea happen? You can expand this idea into a grant proposal.
No funding needed?
Does your idea not require funding, but you're not sure about what to do next? Not sure how to start a proposal on your local project that needs consensus? Contact Chris Schilling on-wiki at I JethroBT (WMF) (talk · contribs) or via e-mail at cschillingwikimedia.org for help!