Research:Ideas/Requests for adminship and the retention of long term editors

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The process for requesting adminship and other user rights on English Wikipedia has (anecdotally & quantitatively) become more restrictive over time. The restrictiveness of could be affecting the retention of long-term users or could be systematically biased against certain types of users. I want to use public data to explore this.

Previous work has built models useful for predicting future administrators[1], but that work is quite old (2008) and has not been updated to explore more recent patterns.

Support needed[edit]

  • Someone with experience in RfA to help identify useful metrics and spot check results
  • Someone to help with modeling work

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  1. Moira Burke and Robert Kraut. 2008. Taking up the mop: identifying future wikipedia administrators. In CHI '08 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3441-3446. DOI=10.1145/1358628.1358871