User talk:Halfak (WMF)

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Volunteer retention research[edit]

Been learning a lot over the years about the nature of volunteering in the wiki communities, and am digging in to help improve volunteer recruitment and retention methods. Would love to connect with you for some Q&A to better understand the research you've done in the past and where you see the biggest possibilities and challenges now. Email me to figure out when we could talk? Thanks! DrMel (talk) 23:02, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

Possibly investigate data regarding Single Edit Tab and Visual Editor[edit]

Some time ago Single Edit Tab was deployed on EnWiki, with a default placing all new users into VE first. The default was latter reversed, starting all new users in the Wikitext editor. This was not a controlled experiment, but it might be worth checking whether any noticeable signal jumps out at the point of initial deployment or at the point that the default was reversed. I'd love to see a simple plot of the data over time, with critical points marked, just to eyeball whether there was some visible jump. We could look at the percentage of editors who successfully make a first edit, editor retention, or anything else you think might be relevant.

Does this sound worth doing? Alsee (talk) 14:31, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Hey Alsee. I'm not too familiar with the history of these deployments since I haven't been actively involved in the development of VE for a while. Do you know the dates of deployment? What kind of stats would you want to look at during these time periods? I wonder if Neil P. Quinn-WMF has already done some exploration. --Halfak (WMF) (talk) 15:33, 6 February 2017 (UTC)
@Alsee: No, I haven't explored that. It's an interesting question but I'm not sure looking at the graphs would be all that illuminating since there's a lot of baseline variation in that data. You're welcome to file a task requesting that analysis by following the instructions at mw:Editing/Analysis, but the reality is that I have a very long backlog and I'm not likely to be able to do it any time soon.—Neil P. Quinn-WMF (talk) 18:17, 6 February 2017 (UTC)
It's possible that we could so something basic, but useful, with a few Quarry queries. Alsee, are you familiar with Quarry? I'd be happy to give you a hand with picking up some of the basics. --Halfak (WMF) (talk) 22:57, 6 February 2017 (UTC)
@Neil P. Quinn-WMF: and Halfak. Thanx.
  • Here's the Phab link[1] for the Single Edit Tab deployment. Successful gerrit merge[2] Apr 12 2016, 11:02 AM. It was definitely live on EnWiki prior to Apr 12 2016, 4:30 PM. A 5 hour window at most.
  • Here's the Phab link[3] for changing the VE-default to a Wikitext-default. Successful gerrit merge[4] on May 19 2016, 7:22 PM. I'm not sure if that's when it went live on EnWiki, or if it was soon after that.
I know any signal will probably be lost in the noise, but if there is a signal big enough to spot then it's a signal that's worth knowing. The bonus here is that this is a two-for-one deal. One search can span the two deployment dates, and two significantly different potential signals. I'm flexible on what to look at, but my general thought was some of the same basic data that were checked in the May 2015 Visual Editor experiment. For new accounts: what percentage made at least one edit (and maybe at least 5 edits?), one week editor survival (I think 3 month survival was checked?), total edits. Whatever is easy to pull out of the database, whatever you have time for, whatever you think might turn up meaningful data.
I would love to pick up Quarry skills, and as a programmer I'm sure I could. The examples I've seen are semi-readable even with zero knowledge. I don't think I can dive into it now though. Do you have a good link on it that I can bookmark? Alsee (talk) 00:53, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
@Alsee: Hey Alsee. Sorry for the short response, but since you are a programmer, yes, I'm sure you'd be able to deal with Quarry quite easily! The documentation is located at Research:Quarry and provides a decent introduction to the basic Quarry-specific bits. Other than that, you just have to know (1) SQL, which you can learn in about a thousand places online if you're not familiar with it—I've used the Tech on the Net tutorial before and it's pretty good and (2) the way the MediaWiki database is laid out, which is documented at mw:Manual:Database layout—as it says there, the most important tables for you are page, revision, and user tables.Neil P. Quinn-WMF (talk) 02:12, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Your feedback matters: Final reminder to take the global Wikimedia survey[edit]

(Sorry to write in Engilsh)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your interesting lightning talk at the Wikimedia Conference 2017. Ijon (talk) 08:43, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

Update regarding Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons tutorial videos[edit]


I regret to inform you that the series of motivational and educational videos project, which had been planned introduce Wikipedia and some of its sister projects to new contributors, is being discontinued.

There are multiple factors that have led to this decision. The initial budget and time estimates were far too small for a project of this scale and complexity. Also, my simultaneous involvement in Cascadia Wikimedians User Group was problematic due to the shortage of human resources for the user group, which resulted in my spending far more time trying to help the user group than I had planned, so my time and attention were diverted from this video project to assisting the user group.

You can find more information in the final report for the grant.

I regret that this project did not fulfill the hopes that many of us had for it, and I hope that in the future someone with the necessary resources will choose to resume work on it or a similar project. If you are interested in working on this or a similar project then please contact the WMF grants team.

On a personal note, I am retiring from the Wikimedia community. Perhaps I will return someday.


--Pine 23:20, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

Series director and screenwriter

Join ORES project[edit]


I've just discovered New Developers page now. And I want to know if it is possible to join the project.BamLifa (talk)

Hi BamLifa! Yes. You're very welcome. The best way to work with us to to find us in IRC. See #wikimedia-aiconnect. I'm 'halfak'. 'Amir1' and 'awight' should also be able to help you get started if I'm not around. --Halfak (WMF) (talk) 18:42, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

Hey Aaron[edit]

Hello, Aaron, i thought i let you know that your userpage is a bit outdated, as you still are mentioning the volunteer project, Revision scoring as a service, which is now obviously Scoring Platform Team. Anyway, have a great week! Zppix (talk) 19:26, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done! Thanks. --Halfak (WMF) (talk) 11:18, 13 November 2017 (UTC)