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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2041 Subject - C6
Title of the submission
A Czech and a Korean walk into a village pump: the New Editor Experiences research project
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Neil Patel Quinn
Abbey Ripstra
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Neil P. Quinn-WMF
ARipstra (WMF)
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
New Editor Experiences is a research and development project at the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) which seeks to learn more about the experiences and backgrounds of new Wikipedia editors in order to suggest strategies, such as software development or community programs, for increasing their retention and success. In particular, Editing department will rely on this research to guide its work on its annual plan effort to increase new editor success.
In May and June, a research team will travel to the Czech Republic and South Korea in order to interview around 80 new contributors to the Czech and Korean Wikipedias face-to-face. These interviews will explore the contributors' personal backgrounds, technical and social contexts, attitudes towards Wikipedia, motivations for editing, and experiences when attempting to edit.
In addition, the team will seek to interview experienced contributors who often interact with new contributors (such as by leading editathons, patrolling for vandalism, reviewing new pages, or mentoring new editors) in order to understand their experiences carrying out those roles.
This presentation will discuss the trends the research team observed among the new contributors and their applicability to Wikipedias generally, proposals for strengthening positive patterns and mitigating negative ones, and the successes and failures of the research project itself.
What will attendees take away from this session?
  • A better understanding of the broad variety of motivations and backgrounds new editors have
  • More data on the greatest challenges new editors face when they attempt to edit
  • Initial ideas about how the Wikimedia Foundation might address these challenges through its engineering and programs work
  • Ideas for how individual Wikimedians and affiliates can address those challenges in their own communities
  • More understanding of the techniques and practical challenges of user research and how to use it to suggest solutions to difficult problems
Theme of presentation
Wiki culture and community
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
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