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By Jarry1250

ArticleFeedback 5 enters second trial phase

New interface placements are being trialled as part of the second phased of the ArticleFeedback version 5 trial, including one where the tool is fixed to the bottom-right of the screen (pictured)

Having spent three weeks collecting data on which interface design prompts the most useful feedback, the ArticleFeedback version 5 trial entered its second phase this week. This phase will look at the impact of interface placement on the quality and quantity of feedback solicited from the small percentage of pages on which the extension will be active. As Oliver Keyes, a WMF Community Liaison helping with the tool described:

It is possible for logged-in users to hide the display of both the current version 4, and the new version 5, of the ArticleFeedback extension via their user preferences; an RfC is also currently open for editors wishing to influence the future direction of the extension, particularly with regards to handling textual feedback such as general comments about the article. As already noted, it is planned that phase 3 will focus on the impact of the extension on editing levels. Phase 4 is set to focus on the impact of the tool on readers; phase 5 will look at its longer term impact on editor levels. Although versions of the extension are trialled on the English Wikipedia, other wikis also run versions of it.

In brief

Not all fixes may have gone live to WMF sites at the time of writing; some may not be scheduled to go live for many weeks.

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  • CheckUser wasn't the only problem I was pointing out, but it's probably the biggest technical problem.Jasper Deng (talk) 05:51, 17 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  • Minor correction: currently the test suite is run with Sqlite, not Mysql. WMF cluster still uses Mysql, but Sqlite it way faster for this kind of thing ^demon[omg plz] 14:27, 17 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]
    • I learn something new every day. Thanks for the correction. Perhaps this could be documented somewhere on the Jenkins description page (just as PostgreSQL is mentioned explicitly on the description page for the new testing project). - Jarry1250 [Deliberation needed] 15:23, 17 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  • Clarification on FeedbackDashboard: the feedback appears in Special:Log/Username, not in Special:Contributions. It may be moved in the future though. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 18:44, 17 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  • Just a note for the next issue of the signpost (I think it's been long enough where people wouldn't notice merely an update), the anti-harassment policy has reached a satisfactory (hesitant to say final) state to its author (as indicated here) among the much support for it visible in that thread, and the functioning version can be seen here: Friendly Space Policy. The Friendly Space Policy is awesome. --Monk of the highest order(t) 04:44, 21 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]


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