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Try to get more editor retention than the MoodBar using principles of empathic communication.
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β€’ EllenCT
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created on15:09, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

Improve editor attraction and retention by asking editors to optionally report their attitude towards their emotional states using positive, neutral, and negative face icons. I am trying to understand why the MoodBar helped retain editors, and to propose an alternative implementing just the essential parts of that function, with summary statistics protecting individual privacy but showing trends over time on a per-article basis.

What is your solution?[edit]

I would like to see article editing tested with and without various labels like "I am feeling _____ generally," "I am feeling _____ about saving this edit," and "I am feeling _____ about the subject matter I am editing." Other questions might involve the subject's opinion of their familiarity with the topic area, the article, or of other editors. For example:

... Edit summary: [________________________________________________]
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Optionally, please choose pictorial representations of your mood:
I am feeling ☐😐 ☐😊 β˜πŸ˜ƒ β˜πŸ˜’ generally I am feeling ☐😐 β˜‘οΈπŸ˜Š β˜πŸ˜ƒ β˜πŸ˜’ about this edit
I am feeling ☐😐 ☐😊 β˜πŸ˜ƒ β˜πŸ˜’ about the subject I am feeling β˜‘οΈπŸ˜ ☐😊 β˜πŸ˜ƒ β˜πŸ˜’ about my certainty
I am feeling ☐😐 ☐😊 β˜πŸ˜ƒ β˜πŸ˜’ about the article I am feeling ☐😐 β˜‘οΈπŸ˜Š β˜πŸ˜ƒ β˜πŸ˜’ about Wikipedia
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After the data is collected, it should be reviewed confidentially to see what kinds of summary information might be useful to the community. It is probably not necessary to collect this information on talk pages, as editors are open to expressing themselves freely in prose there.

Please see Ciampaglia, Giovanni Luca; Dario Taraborelli (September 4, 2014). "MoodBar: Increasing new user retention in Wikipedia through lightweight socialization". arXiv:1409.1496.  and Decety et al. (2015) "Empathy as a driver of prosocial behaviour: Highly conserved neurobehavioural mechanisms across species" Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 371(1686):20150077. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0077


Perform a usability experiment such as with the MoodBar. Measure the difference and try to get more than 216 expected additional editors per year on the English Wikipedia.

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