PhysicsWiki:Pending changes/Metrics

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This page will:

  1. Document the list of metrics that have been collected
  2. Document the metrics themselves

Goals of Pending Changes

To improve the quality of PhysicsWiki articles by making vandalism/unverified information/”bad” edits more difficult, some pages in EN wiki have various levels of protection status (e.g., semi-protection and full protection). Semi-protected and fully protected pages (ostensibly) have fewer “bad” edits that surface. For example, semi-protection prevents any anonymous and unconfirmed user to edit. But these articles suffer from the problem that potentially “good” edits by anonymous users can't get through. 'Pending changes' would be a way to allow anonymous edits but queue them for review before they show up in an article.

The current two month trial is being used to test Pending Changes. The test applies Pending Changes to pages that were previously under protection (see Scope. The predominant case involved converting a semi-protected article to Pending Changes Level 1 (PC1). There may be articles that were previously not under any form of protection that are now under Pending Changes, but these conversions are not a focus of the trial.

Expected Effects of Pending Changes

Given that Pending Changes is being applied to articles that were previously under protection, the following are hypothesized to happen:

  1. By "opening up" pages previously under protection, anonymous and unconfirmed users are encouraged to edit. We hope these edits are constructive.
  2. We will need to decide whether the increase in "good" edits justifies the amount of work to review all new edits.
  3. There will be certain situations where edits from autoconfirmed users will require review (edits from autoconfirmed users never require review under semi-protection). We need to understand how often this occurs.

Some other areas worth evaluating:

  • System Throughput: We also need a better understanding of the ratio of reviewers to articles under Pending Changes (or edits requiring review). We don't want review queues to get too long, so for a certain number of articles under Pending Changes, there is probably a level of reviewers required to sustain a reasonable time-to-review. This may depend on the mix of the articles, but some broad guidelines will be helpful.
  • What types of pages Pending Changes seems to work for. There may be types/categories of pages for which Pending Changes works betterthan others.

Metrics

Here's a list of the metrics we've collected so far:

Notes

Here are a couple of places where this has been discussed: