To help guide our decisions about moving the related links to a less prominent position on the RC page (T164548)—and, possibly, slimming down some collections—it will be useful to know how often these links are clicked. T
- To start this moving forward, we need to be sure we can track clicks on these links individually and as a group. I.e., on a given page/wiki, we'd like to be able to see how many clicks went to the related links overall, and how many clicks went to each link.
- We would probably want to track over a week at minimum, to account for natural weekly rhythms.
- We don't have to track all wikis (though Roan indicated this might actually be easier). If it is advantageous to check only some, the following are a mix of wikis with many links (Czezk) and few (Russian), as well as a sampling of large and smaller wikis: Czezk, Russian, German, English, Arabic.
What type of numbers would be useful?
Our goal is to be able to make judgements about two things: 1) are the links overall used often, compared to other functions or items on the page, and 2) on a given wiki, which of the links at page top are the most popular, and which are never or rarely clicked on.
How can we make these numbers meaningful? Here are a few ideas:
- We could look at the clicks as a percentage of page views, though I'm not clear what a "page view" is on the RC page anymore.
- Better would be to see it as a % of sessions, as defined in T158447.
- Alternatively, it might be possible to rank these in comparison to all the other non-content links that are specifically related to Recent Changes (i.e., excluding footer, nav, and any other links that are standard on all pages).
- For this measure, the idea is to compare the related links to one another, so we can see if there is a natural point where usage falls off.