Research talk:New Page Patrol survey/WMF report

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I'll just point out that this was intended to be a community initiative, and not one of the WMF. Who are the 'we' who have compiled this report, and why was the data not made available to the community task force as requested? It was continually stressed that the community task force would compile and publish a report, and this was the basis for the WMF involvement, who were asked to provide legal support, survey software support, and statistical math extrapolations only. Kudpung 10:23, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

  • Yes; the "we" is myself, Dario Taraborelli and Howie Fung. We have provided you with the raw data, and I have repeatedly offered to do any extra analysis you're looking for if you drop me an email. If you read the report you will note that we make clear "this is only one perspective and possible interpretation of the data. Other analyses are most welcome"; we have repeatedly indicated, both in messages to you and in the report itself, that we actively encourage your workgroup to publish a report.
  • As to why we've published our own report: there are two tranches of results you can get from this research; the first is that the research may highlight social or cultural issues best served through greater awareness or policy changes. The second is that it may indicate the need for technical changes. In the case of the first tranche, that is quite clearly something the community should deal with: the Foundation has no role dictating policy. This is why the report makes clear that while we are happy to see policy changes, it is up to the community to decide if they are a good idea and develop them. That is the sort of area your report would be most useful in. In the case of the second tranche, detailed technical developments are the role of the Engineering department, and we felt it was best to publish something primarily aimed at this so as to provide a basis for future technical changes. Okeyes (WMF) 10:30, 15 February 2012 (UTC)