The Collaboration Team is working on a project in the area of edit-review, designed to have an effect on new-user retention. To understand this problem better and determine a baseline for measuring progress, we would like to know more about the level at which new users do or don't continue to contribute to the wikis.
@Halfak can probably help with definitions of such questions as what constitutes a new user, what time period can be most usefully defined as retention, etc. But I'd think we'd want to see the drop off as a percentage after one month, two months, three months, etc., and how that changes over time. Most useful would be to have a graph that runs and we can continue to reference.
Neil has indicated that this type of measurement can be computationally intensive. If anyone can suggest tricks to assist with this, please do.