Editors making their initial successful edit can be notified to surface the positive impact their edit had and improve their understanding of the collaborative nature of the project (which was identified as an opportunity for improvement in New-Editor-Experiences research). A mockup illustrates the idea below:
Content and timing
The notification can communicate that (a) their edit has been part of an article that got a certain number of views, and that (b) other editors have improved the article since.
The notification can be sent after a one week period which seems enough to consider that the edit survived the review process, while still being recent enough to be relevant.
We probably need to establish certain thresholds to decide the number of first successful edits to notify (only the 1st edit?), the content that is valid (only main namespace?), and whether to skip cases where the edit resulted in too few views and further contributions to actually be motivating.
The notification is expected to encourage the editor to keep editing on the same topic in the short term, but also to contribute to more long-term motivation by illustrating how wikipedia works with the edit they just did. Currently communication to new editors tend to happen when things fail, communicating when users succeed can be a good motivator.
It would be great to measure the impact at both short and long terms, by analysing changes in productivity and retention for those receiving these notifications.