Research:New editor motivations and trajectories

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If we ran a microsurvey for new editors upon registration (like the 2011 Post-registration survey) and then tracked their subsequent editing activity, we could get a pretty good picture about how initial motivations influenced retention.

Then we could design to support retention among the users we think it is most important (for the wiki) to keep. Maybe even build predictive models based on the editing patterns of new editors who come in with different motivations, kind of like the characterizing Wikipedia Reader behavior study. Those models could be used to track changes in motivation-driven new editor editing patterns over time, potentially track those patterns historically, or across wikis. And we could use them to evaluate the long-term impact of various onboarding interventions are doing at increasing retention among, say, people who joined in order to create new articles that are NOT about themselves/their company/their amazing product.


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