Develop and pilot a set of on-wiki reports that display articles that have recently received a high volume of traffic from social media sites (broken down platform-by-platform). The goal of the project is to provide volunteer patrollers with useful, timely information about articles that are receiving sudden spikes in traffic from particular social media sites.
Traffic spikes, especially spikes to otherwise low-traffic articles, may indicate that the topic of a Wikipedia article is associated with viral content, is the target of a coordinated disinformation campaign, and/or is being used by social media platforms to "fact-check" controversial claims. In all of these cases, editors currently have no effective way of identifying these articles and monitoring them for suspicious or problematic edits.
The project will involve developing and launching a time-limited pilot of these traffic reports, and evaluating their impact. The results of the pilot will inform subsequent decisions to develop or improve tools to help editors monitor particular kinds of traffic flows. The results of the pilot can also help researchers identify useful case studies of 1) signatures of disinformation campaigns, 2) the impact of platforms using Wikipedia as a free fact-checking service, and 3) the overall impact of social media traffic spikes on article quality.