In order to get a sense of Administrator workload, we will take a random sample of 20 to 25 administrators on the English Wikipedia and look at their contribution histories.
The process would involve finding a random sample of 20 to 25 administrators. For each administrator in that sample, we would:
- Use a tool to examine their contribution breakdown (based on namespace)
- Find out when they became an admin
- Subtract contributions before they became an admin, and calculate their admin edits
- Flag their top 5 favorite Wikipedia spaces, for the sake of comparison
This would help us to:
- Understand administrative workload
- Understand how administrative workload might interfere with article building and editing
- Understand what motivates editors to do administrative work
- Understand what might cause administrators to burn out or leave
- Understand disruptive activities that create administrative backlog
- How much time do administrators spend on different parts of the namespace? (e.g.: articles, talk pages, project pages)
- Are there key parts of the project-namespace that get a lot of attention? (e.g.: noticeboards, policies, etc.)
- Is Wikipedia effective at dealing with disruptions, or are these disruptions burning out good contributors?
- Some volunteer time
- en:Wikipedia:List of administrators/Active List of currently active en admins (over 30 edits in last 60 days)
- en:Wikipedia:ADMINSTATS List and stats of all en wiki accounts that have ever made an admin action, including former admins
- en:Wikipedia:Administrator review existing admin review system
Do you have a thought about this proposal? A suggestion? Discuss this proposal by going to Proposal talk:Study administrative contributions.
Want to work on this proposal?
We need a few editors who are willing to study a handful of editors, adding up to at least 20. More would be helpful.