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Experimentation[edit]

What sort of rigorous scientific experimentation do you have in mind? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 06:18, 18 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

I have no idea, but hopefully people who are experts in this area will have some ideas for experiments that we could try. My point is just that we should strive to be data-driven in our approach, and continually refine our efforts based on that data, rather than just proceeding with anecdotal evidence. This probably won't be easy, but it's something I think we should shoot for. Kaldari (talk) 04:06, 9 December 2015 (UTC)Reply

Certainly must learn from others[edit]

Yup. If other websites have done this, if academics have researched this, then we must incorporate what they know. We might even have a symposium or conference on it. I'll even suggest a title "How to stop harassment on the internet".

Smallbones (talk) 20:31, 1 December 2015 (UTC)Reply

Very different context[edit]

I see no evidence that harassment on wikimedia projects is as prevalent, or as full of hate speech, as it is in some gaming communities. We face different problems and I am not convinced that their solutions are all that relevant for wikimedia projects, in the sense of what is tractable for us or the WMF to implement. But by all means let's look at their ideas and see if there is anything valuable there for our contexts.--Greenrd (talk) 17:20, 20 December 2015 (UTC)Reply

Zero harassment[edit]

Do you believe harassment on Wikimedia projects is to high? We cannot have zero harassment I think. Harassment can be seen in natural societies, thus it comes also to Wikimedia.--Juandev (talk) 14:13, 18 February 2016 (UTC)Reply

I agree that zero harassment is an unrealistic goal. However, this type of behavior is something that most social groupings try to reduce in some form. As to whether it is too high, I suppose that's a matter of personal opinion to an extent. I certainly feel less like contributing to something when I experience negative interactions while doing it. I think many people feel the same way. Patrick Earley (WMF) (talk) 15:47, 18 February 2016 (UTC)Reply

Well, if the scientist will help us to protect active harassed contributors why not.--Juandev (talk) 18:08, 18 February 2016 (UTC)Reply