Grants:IdeaLab/Reasons for Leaving (example idea)

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Reasons For Leaving
This project will give a better picture of why contributors with strong editing histories choose to leave my project
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PEarley (WMF)
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created on19:45, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What Wikimedia project(s) and specific areas will you be evaluating?[edit]

Is this project measuring a specific space on a project (e.g. deletion discussions), or the project as a whole?

This project measures the contributor base for Xanadu Wikipedia.

Describe your idea. How might it be implemented?[edit]

Provide details about the method or process of how you will evaluate your community or collect data. Does your idea involve private or personally identifying information? Take a look at the Privacy Policy for Wikimedia’s guidelines in this area.

This project will design a query to get periodic lists of Xanadu Wikipedians who a) have been active (+5 edits) for at least 6 months, and b) have entirely stopped editing for more than 4 months. It will exclude blocked accounts. I will then send each user a survey, delivered on their talk page, and through Wikimedia email.

Are there experienced Wikimedians who can help implement this project?[edit]

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.

The Xanadu Wikipedia's Editor Retention Wikiproject will assist this effort. They have been notified, and have expressed support!

How will you know if this project is successful? What are some outcomes that you can share after the project is completed?[edit]

We will have at least 60 survey responses from retired editors, and have presented a summary of the results to Xanadu Wikipedia's Cafe noticeboard and upload it to Wikimedia Commons.

How would your measurement idea help your community make better decisions?[edit]

After you are finished measuring or evaluating your Wikimedia project, how do you expect that information to be used to benefit the project?

By knowing which factors contribute to valued editors leaving, we will know which areas to focus on improving on Xanadu Wikipedia. It will help the Editor Retention Wikiproject focus its efforts more effectively.

Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need?[edit]

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 need query design assistance, help reviewing the survey to make sure it complies with the Privacy Policy, and assistance from a user with the MassMessage user right to help send the survey to user talk pages.

Get Involved[edit]

About the idea creator[edit]

I'm a regular editor on the Xanadu Wikipedia, where I have been involved in editor retention efforts since 2013.


  • Volunteer Incorporation my views on behalf of my experiences and knowledge Pandeyasish (talk) 17:54, 13 July 2018 (UTC)


  • Support! I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 18:47, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support. We've long had problems with retaining editors, this may get to the bottom of it. Jjjjjjdddddd (talk) 08:09, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Sounds like a decent way to learn about problems and maybe even remind a few people to come back. Could be seen as a nuisance/spam but given that it only happens once this seems unimportant. 2ReinreB2 (talk) 01:16, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Expand your idea[edit]

Would a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation help make your idea happen? You can expand this idea into a grant proposal.

Expand into a Rapid Grant

No funding needed?[edit]

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 cschilling(_AT_) for help!