Research:Article feedback

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Article Feedback v5 Data & Metrics Stage 1: Design
(December 2011 - March 2012)
Stage 2: Placement
(March 2012 - April 2012)
Stage 3: Impact on engagement
(April 2012 - May 2012)

WP:AFT5 (Talk)
Feature requirements


Article samples
Feature data
Clicktracking data

Volume analysis
Quality assessment
Reader survey / Team survey
Usability testing

Volume analysis
Quality assessment

Conversions and newcomer quality

Final tests

Quality assessment
Research report (2012 Q4)
Moderation tools usability study

Duration:  2010-10 — ??
Open data project  Open data
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This page documents a research project in progress.
Information may be incomplete and change as the project progresses.

Key Personnel[edit]

  • Dario Taraborelli
  • Aaron Halfaker
  • Oliver Keyes
  • Fabrice Florin
  • Howie Fung

Sub pages[edit]

Project Summary[edit]

The Article feedback project is an initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation to engage Wikimedia readers in the assessment of article quality, one of the five priorities defined in the strategic plan. It is based on the WMF-developed ArticleFeedback MediaWiki extension called Article Feedback Tool (AFT) and deployed as of v.4 on all articles on the English Wikipedia. A new version (v.5) of the Article Feedback Tool is under development, with a new emphasis on engaging readers to participate more on Wikipedia.


test plan for AFT v.5

Research reports from the first phase of AFT's deployment (up to v.4) can be found on this page.

AFT v.5 was initially enabled on a small sample (0.3%) of randomly selected articles from the English Wikipedia on top of a small list of high-profile articles. Visitors are randomly assigned to one of three buckets for testing purposes. Key metrics and a work plan for testing AFT v.5 are available on this page. Clicktracking data specifications are described here.


The first reports from phase 1 of the AFT5 experimentation are available. They report results on the difference in volume and quality of feedback as a function of the design and placement of the AFT widget. For real-time data from the current AFT5 tests, check the metrics dashboard and feedback stream, as well as data dumps.

Time Line[edit]

A detailed timeline of the project can be found on this page.

External links[edit]

Article Feedback Version 5 Specs: HubFeature RequirementsTechnical DesignTestingExtension Page
Metrics: Data and Metrics PlanClicktrackingVolume AnalysisQuality Assessment
Tools: AFTv5 CategoryWikipedia Data StreamOpen BugsRecent Code ChangesPDF Prototype
Community: MW talk pageIdeas LogWikipedia talk page