Harassment consultation 2015/Ideas/Technical measures to reduce harassment
What is the problem you're trying to solve?
What technical measures can the WMF take to tackle the harassment problem or to make editing more pleasant?
What is your solution?
Editing would be much more pleasant if we did not have to deal with endless sockpuppets, spammers, POV pushers and vandals. Happier editors = less toxicity. In some topic areas (e.g. Palestine-Israel articles -- 1 2) rampant sockpuppetry has essentially destroyed collaborative editing. Many editors and admins do not have the patience to explain what an encyclopedia is ten times per day. Problematic editors should be addressed as soon as possible -- either by rehabilitation or redirection to a topic where they can constructively contribute if possible or by removing them from the community. The tools admins have to achieve this are woefully inadequate. The following should help address this.
- 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Moderation and admin tools#Improve MediaWiki's blocking tools
- 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Moderation and admin tools#Enhanced per-user, per-article protection / blocking
- 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Moderation and admin tools#Suggesting AbuseFilter by machine learning
- added 7 December: a configuration change to support the 500+30 minimum account tenure on GamerGate and Palestine-Israel articles now in place
- your programming project here
Also something that should be thoroughly investigated:
- 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Moderation and admin tools#Machine-learning tool to reduce toxic talk page interactions
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