Research:Portuguese Wikipedia trends and behavior/New Editor Experience
The new user experience is something of great relevance to the Portuguese Wikipedia community given that 40% of edits every month are done by new users.
Opportunities for new users
Any one may monitor the help pages and answer questions. A list of the editors who edit in the page the most frequently is given in the page of stats. The stats page for Speak to Wikipedia is 
A new editor can go a few different places to get help:
- Fale com a Wikipédia
- Wikipédia Café dos novatos
- Fale com a Wikipédia
Begun in 2006, this is a place to ask questions to experienced Wikipedians. It is the equivalent of the "Help Desk" for English Wikipedia. In the past, it has been used heavily, but this year (2011), usage has been really low (in terms of number of edits). The low usage of the page this year might be explained by the creation of the page pt:Wikipédia:Informe um erro (report an error) in February (which uses the interface "bug in article" and has been edited about 400 times per month since inception). Nevertheless even if we look at the of the number of edits on these two pages, the usage was very low in September and October 2011.
The page used to be called "Linha direta", the name was changed in April 2010 in order to avoid mistakes with the a well know tv show.
- Café dos novatos
Begun in 2006, this is a place for new comers to Wikipedians. Usage rose for the first two years of existence, but began falling in 2008. It appears that 2011 will see a slight increase in edits, suggesting that new comers are increasingly using this option. Since the creation in 2006-06-10, the page was edited by 2380 different editors, which makes a rate of about 35 people per month. 
There is a mentorship program availabe. Only users with right to vote and more than 1000 editos on main namespace can be a mentor. User who have been blocked in the previous 3 months or who made anything that could have provoked a block are not allowed to be mentors.
Controls of new users
Since January 25, 2008 non autoconfirmed user must pass the CAPTCHA test at any edit. The system was activated after a massive attack of vandals starting in the end of December 2007. CAPTCHA was initially meant to be a temporary solution but it lasts until now. In March 2011 there was a proposal to desactivate it, but community opposed it fearing an increase in vandalism.
The edit filter (formerly abuse filter) is a tool created on April, 2009 which allow to implement specific control's rules on the editions on wiki.pt and automatic decisions in some situations. The extension allows automatic filters/heuristics to be applied to all edits. Specific rules can be developed, such as "users with fewer than 500 edits are blocked from moving pages to titles which match this regular expression: /poop/". Of course, the rules can get quite a bit more complicated.Log entries are viewable by all users, and while filters are by default publicly viewable, others are set to be private. For all filters, including those hidden from public view, a brief, general summary of what the rule targets will be available, and displayed in the log, the list of active filters, and in any error messages generated by the filter.
There are a few different templates which are semi-automatic which you may receive as a new user. There is no formal procedure considering to decide if an edition is valid or not. Although the policy defines a valid edition as one which is not reverterted nor deleted. In general it is at description of editors who send messages.
Looking at the newly created user talk pages on wiki.pt (5000 last new pages on nov/02/2011), we find that 43% of the total pages were created by bots (Aleph bot and Salebot), 28% using huggle and at least more 15% of page were created with simple warning templates.
New registered user
- Todo o indispensável... para começar a editar: não deixe de ler. Desejo-lhe uma boa estada na Wikipédia! Daniela Feijó 11:50, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
|Olá e bem-vindo. Obrigado por contribuir para a Wikipédia!
De momento, você não está regist(r)ado, o que limita bastante a sua utilização da Wikipédia. Não tendo criado uma conta de usuário, você é atualmente identificável pelo seu pt:endereço IP, 127.0.0.1. Ele está associado a todas as suas contribuições.
Users whose first edits are vandalism
|Caro editor iniciante,
Você já descobriu como é fácil modificar e completar a pt:Wikipédia.
Esta é uma mensagem de aviso que está recebendo, pois algum editor encontrou erros em uma de suas edições. Sua edição foi anulada, ou porque ela não é enciclopédica, ou porque ela viola nossas regras.
Apagar conteúdo válido, fazer propaganda, inserir textos sem sentido ou informações que sabe serem erradas, copiar texto de outros sites sem autorização e usar palavras ofensivas são erros comuns e é possível que tenha cometido um deles.
Saiba que todos são capazes de monitorar suas contribuições. Os administradores também possuem a capacidade de impedi-lo de escrever na Wikipédia.