This is a follow up to a discussion from Wikimania 2016.
Nobody likes edit conflicts.
To make them cause less suffering, it would be useful to know how often do they happen and where.
The patterns of editing on talk pages and on articles are quite different, and so are the patterns of edit conflicts. Analyzing in which namespaces do conflicts happen may show, for example, that 75% of conflicts happen in Talk:, User talk:, and Project: namespaces, and less than 20% in the main space. But it's just a wild guess, and the real numbers might be totally different.
So—do we log edit conflicts on Wikimedia sites? If we don't, can we?
Ideas for things to include in the analysis:
- general frequency of edits on a page
- number of unique editors per page
- page size
- maybe other things
(Tagging Flow because it is a solution to edit conflicts on talk pages, and this issue may be interesting to Flow developers. Tagging Editing-(Department|Analysis) because it seems clearly related to both. Tagging Analytics because it's related as well, although I'm not sure who should own it exactly. Please feel free to adjust the tags.)