We've seen an uptick in user reports on iOS and Android of users being blocked at registration or edit time on the apps. After some discussion my theory is that this is growing because of the heavy use of IP and range block techniques, which are no longer as relevant on mobile but being used in an increasingly broad manner anyway.
To determine if this user-reported trend is legitimate and the scale of the impact of these administrator choices on mobile users, Id like to have some basic data about the amount of blocking occcuring in the app.
So, for a given period (say last 30 days), lets start with the basics:
- How many users are blocked from registering?
- How many users are blocked from editing (both anon/IP and registered)?
Note that this should not include blocks based on pages being protected only on the user being prevented from registering or editing system-wide.
For these questions some additional dimensions would be ideal:
- Geographic or regional
- Language (or at least top N biggest wikipedias)
- Connection type (wifi vs cellular)
Since we've not looked at blocking data before I realize some of these may not currently be instrumented. The first ask for this task is just to help determine what data we do have, and for data we don't have where/how to best instrument it.
cc Android PM and Analyst as FYI as this is likely a "platform wide" issue affecting both apps.