“What is ORES and how can I use it?”
To begin, I’ll give a short overview of myself. My username is Vermont, same on IRC as on-wiki. I do anti-vandalism on the Simple English Wikipedia, and I do AfC/NPP/AWB/etc. on the English Wikipedia. My experience with ORES is limited to seeing numbers I don’t understand showing up in my Huggle diffs, and bugging Aaron Halfaker and others to help me get ORES on the Simple English Wikipedia.
Regarding [[ORES]] on MediaWiki. The lead section of that gives a pretty good explanation of what ORES is, although it is a bit vague in terms of it’s description of ORES. But, that’s what the rest of the article is for. At the end of the lead, it gives a link to the ORES FAQ. When skimming the article, I noticed language used that will be difficult for people who are not proficient in English to understand. 8 language versions are listed, and 4 of the 8 (Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Japanese, Italian) are not translated at all, and have been left for a while. (The Japanese version has section titles translated, but no text). There are currently no fully-translated ORES articles other than the English one.
Checking the FAQ, I went immediately to “How do I use ORES?” It’s a simple description of where ORES is on supported wikis and works quite well. Furthermore, “How can I use ORES to support my editing activities?” was a bit confusing to me. This is definitely because I am inexperienced in this field, but telling me that “you can always query ORES directly via the API” is something I know nothing about. The example helps, showing how to query ORES directly, although it doesn’t really explain what numbers mean what. About a month ago I attempted to learn how ORES works. I was unable to, as I could not find *how* ORES worked, only what it did and how I could use it. I still don’t fully understand what influences ORES’s numerical outputs, nor do I fully understand what said outputs imply. The FAQ page’s “What’s an ORES score” doesn’t assist in this. Essentially, what I’ve learned from scanning https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:PrefixIndex/ORES/ is that ORES exists, and that it’s main use is anti-vandalism. I think that a more in-depth look at it’s article evaluations would be helpful to distinguish it from it’s more common applications as an anti-vandal tool. [[:mw:ORES/Applications]] helps significantly in finding out how to use ORES. ORES/Issues should be expanded. People should know about, or have the ability to know about issues so that when they’re effected by it they are not unprepared.
- Anything we can do to encourage translation?
- “How can I use ORES to support my editing activities?” in the FAQ is confusing.
- “you can always query ORES directly via the API” assumes too much
- What do ORES' outputs imply?
- What influences ORES’ outputs?
- ORES/Issues should be expanded
This task is done when someone reads through the above and takes an editing pass over our FAQ and others docs trying to apply relevant changes.