Task force/Community Health

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Higher turnover rates among editors suggest that contributors may face burn-out or editing fatigue. Likewise, new editors are being reverted at higher rates, potentially indicating community norms that are less welcoming and open to differences or learning than before. Many persons also believe that policy proliferation is a major driver of the decline in contributors.

The goal of this task force is to identify causes of the decline in the community's health, to identify the effect of the proliferation of policies, and to identify solutions to these problems.

The task force has developed answers to these questions to guide their work:

  1. What key measures of community health exist and how have these measures changed over time?
  2. What are the causes in the apparent decline in community?
  3. How can these causes of the decline in community health be addressed? (i.e. cultural norms, technological solutions, communications)
  4. Are some projects more burdened with policies than others? If so, why and what has been the effect?
  5. Which policies have the most direct effect, both positive and negative, on contribution?
  6. Which policies are necessary for the functioning of the Wikimedia community? Which can be eliminated?
  7. What 2-4 strategic opportunities for investment in improving community health would have the most positive effect on the attraction and retention of contributors?
  8. Who is needed to support this strategy (e.g., Wikimedia Foundation, chapters, individual volunteers, external partners), and what should they do?
  • Answers to these eight questions can be found here
Name/User page Talk Contribs Favorites More info
JaapB User talk:JaapB Special:Contributions/JaapB Favorites/JaapB
FloNight (Sydney Poore) User talk:FloNight Special:Contributions/FloNight Favorites/FloNight en.Wikipedia / Commons / Wikisource / Wikiquote / Metawiki
Bodnotbod User talk:Bodnotbod Special:Contributions/Bodnotbod Favorites/Bodnotbod en user page
Jcravens42 (Jayne Cravens) User talk:Jcravens42 Special:Contributions/Jcravens42 Favorites/Jcravens42
Sjc User talk:Sjc Special:Contributions/Sjc Favorites/Sjc en user page
henna User talk:henna Special:Contributions/henna Favorites/henna en user page
Randomran User talk:Randomran Special:Contributions/Randomran Favorites/Randomran en user page
Fuzheado User talk:Fuzheado Special:Contributions/Fuzheado Favorites/Fuzheado en user page
User:Art Unbound User talk:Art Unbound Special:Contributions/Art Unbound Favorites/Art Unbound en user page


Supporting: John Fowler and Philippe Beaudette