This task is about revising the VisualEditor's GettingStarted "program" to ensure it equips new editors with the understanding(s) they need to successfully contribute to a Wikipedia article.
Upon landing in VisualEditor, people are shown seven dialogs as part of the GettingStarted program shown below.
While potentially effective at introducing newcomers to the different parts of the editing experience, we wonder the extent to which they fit together into a cogent experience. To demonstrate what we mean, consider how upon landing inside editing mode ("Step 4") people are introduced to the concept of previewing changes before being introduced to the tools (adding citations in "Step 6" and adding links in "Step 7") they'll need to be familiar with to make said changes.
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4||Step 5||Step 6||Step 7|
You can see the steps below in motion here: https://youtu.be/ZFLGyyvr1lQ .
- How do newcomers experience the existing GettingStarted experience? E.g.: What – if any – concepts does it clarify for them? What confusion might it create?
- What "social" and "technical" concepts are important for newcomers to walk away from this experience understanding?
- How can get onboarding experience be implemented to increase the rate at which newcomers reach those understandings?