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Subject Recruitment Approvals Group/Requests/HAPPI

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Contact Information
  • Real name: Aaron Halfaker
  • Wikipedia account: EpochFail
  • Affiliation: University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, GroupLens Research
Previous work
  • Halfaker, A.; et al. (2009). "A jury of your peers: Quality experience and Ownership in Wikipedia". WikiSym: 1–10. ISBN 978-1-60558-730-1. doi:10.1145/1641309.1641332. 
  • Panciera, K.; et al. "Wikipedians Are Born, Not Made". Proc. GROUP 2009 (ACM Press): 51–60. 

A user script modification was designed for use in the English Wikipedia. It logs when users interact with it. We will use this logged information along with the publicly available history of article revisions to determine if the script is useful/solves the problems it was designed to.

Institutional review board approval
Possible harms to Wikipedia/Wikipedians

No appreciable foreseeable risk of harm to participants since no private data will be collected or stored in any way. If any results are directly published, any reference to a real Wikipedia user will be removed or anonymized.

Recruitment message text

You've been randomly selected to participate in a non-profit/academic study of an experimental interface modification for Wikipedia. This modification comes in the form of a user script modification that called HAPPI. The script adds a couple of new controls that will appear over the edit pane when you edit articles. These controls will allow you to toggle the highlighting of text while you edit it based on how that text has survived the history of an article. If you'd like to give it a try, please see the documentation page and consent form for more information.

User sample criteria

150 editors bracketed by experience.

  • 40 editors with edits < 10
  • 30 editors with 10 <= edits < 100
  • 30 editors with 100 <= edits < 1000
  • 30 editors with 1000 <= edits < 10000
  • 20 editors with 10000 < edits
Publication of results

A major conference of the Association for Computing Machinery or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


I'm concerned that your recruitment message doesn't give a clear message about what to do. Josh Parris 05:14, 22 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]

You're also missing a cut-off date. When will the tool become non-functional? Josh Parris 06:01, 22 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Your harms section doesn't disclose how much additional bandwidth is consumed. Josh Parris 04:17, 27 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]