Research:Training for new users

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20:16, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
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Jonathan Morgan
Duration:  2017-April – ??

This page documents a proposed research project.
Information may be incomplete and may change before the project starts.

This project will test whether posting links to the new user training modules on Programs & Events Dashboard — adapted from Wiki Ed's student trainings — is helpful for new Wikipedia editors, in terms of improving the rate at which they stick around and become active editors.


We'll use a bot to post a template, w:template:Training modules invitation, to the talk page of some new users, while putting other new users in a control group with no intervention. Then we'll whether these users who were invited to try the training modules are more productive and stick around longer.


Please provide in this section a short timeline with the main milestones and deliverables (if any) for this project.


  • April 2017: Prepare the bot, get permission from English Wikipedia community to run the experiment
  • May/June 2017: Run the bot, posting to the talk pages of 5000 new users with the same number of users as a control group
  • July/August/September: Analyze the results

Policy, Ethics and Human Subjects Research[edit]

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