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Hello @Bédévore: Thanks a lot! I locked the account globally, and blocked it on arwiki also. I checked it on loginwiki, and I found another sock (not on frwiki). Thanks --Alaa :)..! 19:10, 21 January 2020 (UTC)
Hello friend, I apologize for quoting you and then withdrawing the order! I was thinking about becoming an admin interface, but I'm very busy at the time. Sorry :). Micael D. (talk) 18:42, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
Hello @Micael D.: don't mind, hope you are well. When you have time you can re-apply. Best and you can ping me anytime --Alaa :)..! 21:19, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
Growth team updates #12
Welcome to the twelfth newsletter from the Growth team!
The Growth team's objective is to work on software changes that help retain new contributors in mid-size Wikimedia projects.
A training for mentors has been published. The training was first tried with the Czech community, and went well.
Growth team features have been deployed to Hungarian, Ukrainian, and Armenian Wikipedias. If your community is enthusiastic about welcoming newcomers, we encourage you to contact us so that we can verify together whether your wiki is eligible. Then you can go through the checklist to start the process of configuring the features.
Productive edits from newcomer tasks
We deployed the basic workflow for newcomer tasks to our target wikis on November 20, and the early results are exciting.
Suggested edits by type of edit. Graph captions (top to bottom): ■ Copyedits ■ Add links ■ Expand article ■ Add reference ■ Advanced edits
About 1.5% of newcomers who visit their homepage complete the workflow and save a suggested edit. So far, this has amounted to over 450 edits, on all wikis, coming from both desktop and mobile users.
When we look at the edits that newcomers make, we see that they are largely positive! We are pleased to see that this feature does not appear to encourage vandals.
75% of the edits are productive and unreverted.
95% of the edits appear to be in good faith.
Most of the edits include copyedits and adding links, with some newcomers also adding content and references. Copyedits are suggested most strongly.
Click here to learn more specifics about the results so far.
Topic matching deployed
The results from our user tests showed us that newcomers are likely to do more suggested edits if they can choose articles related to a topic that they're interested in, such as "science", "music", or "sports".
On January 21, we deployed topic matching on our pilot wikis. Newcomers are now using it. We expect it to cause more newcomers to try suggested edits, and to keep making more of them.
In the coming weeks, we will be making improvements to the accuracy of the algorithm used to topic matching, which is part of the ORES project.
Next steps for newcomer tasks
Prototype of how the help panel will "peek" from the bottom of the page to offer guidance on mobile.
Because we are seeing positive results from newcomer tasks, the Growth team plans to concentrate our efforts on improving the workflow and encouraging more newcomers to use it.
Guidance: next, we will be using the help panel to provide guidance to newcomers as they do suggested edits, and to prompt them to do another edit after completing their first one. In user tests for this feature, demo videos were one of the favorite features, and we will think about how these might be added.
Starting the workflow: only about 20% of newcomer who visit their homepage begin the newcomer tasks workflow. We are going to be trying out different layouts of the homepage to encourage more newcomers to try newcomer tasks.
Additional task types: we are researching methods to recommend more specific tasks to newcomers, such as specific links to add, or images that could be added to articles from Commons.
Hi. First of all, thanks for tracking cross-wiki spams. I had a question regarding this: have you seen w:simple:Special:Contribs/Ahmadqatari? Are those page creations spamming as well? Thanks. Ahmadtalk 17:16, 22 February 2020 (UTC)
Hello @Ahmad252:. Thanks for help, you can found more about this user here. We nuked all of articles created by this user as it are articles about non-notable users. Thanks for remind me about this user. Hope if @TonyBallioni, Praxidicae, and Vermont: can help in articles of enwiki and simple wiki. Best --Alaa :)..! 17:27, 22 February 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation, I'll read the report. Please let me know if I can be of help. Ahmadtalk 17:33, 22 February 2020 (UTC)
I did ask Vermont but he was too busy and directed me to AN. I did asked in IRC where apparently HakanIST said those articles are okay (i.e. notable). I did put out some into RFD, Ahmad252 might want to give opinions there (In simple). Going forward we need a way to manage their creations as it seems problematic.
As an side note, do you still need the indef semi protection? Thanks for locking all the accounts still.--Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 17:35, 22 February 2020 (UTC)
Can you tell me anything about 2607:FB90:0:0:0:0:0:0/32 ? I'm tracing a user who's making fake articles on rappers/singers, who's active on that range. TonyBallioni, you dropped a block on that range a few months ago--anything exciting? Thanks, Drmies (talk) 22:23, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
Drmies this is the T-Mobile IPv6 range that’s pretty much been consistently globally or locally blocked for the last few years. It has a few LTAs on it, but it’s probably the same person you were thinking of when you blocked it previously. Also, hi Ala’a :) TonyBallioni (talk) 22:44, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
Haha, should have checked the block log. I wonder what he did to attract a global block. Drmies (talk) 22:53, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
Moving to other projects to evade our block! TonyBallioni (talk) 23:14, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
Hello @Drmies:, I see that TonyBallioni summarized this range issue. (Based on lwcu) Until now there's more than 100 accounts globally locked on this range with a lot of abusive usernames. Also, a lot of these accounts already blocked on multiple projects. I don't know if there's specific information you want to know, so please if there's, probably you can write it on CUwiki and ping me, then I'll give you all info. you want to fight abuse/spam..etc --Alaa :)..! 13:52, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
Hi Alaa--thank you so much. No, Tony's answer pretty much covers what I needed to know. I appreciate all you do for our beautiful project. Drmies (talk) 16:40, 24 February 2020 (UTC)