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Deploy Growth features on English Wikipedia
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This task to coordinate the trial of Growth team tools at English Wikipedia. Current discussions plan to start deploying to 2% of new accounts (2,600 accounts per month). The trial would run for one month.

First, we deploy in dark mode, so that community members can try the features.

Help panel

Help pagesDescriptionLink
Manual of styleHow to write a good articlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Introduction to the Manual of Style/1
Help:EditingHow to edit a pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Introduction_to_editing_with_VisualEditor/1
Inserting images (using the visual editor)How to add an imagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Introduction_to_images_with_VisualEditor/1
Inserting references (using the visual editor)How to edit a citationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Introduction_to_referencing_with_VisualEditor/1
Article WizardHow to create a new articlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Article_wizard/version1

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Change 684988 had a related patch set uploaded (by Urbanecm; author: Urbanecm):

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Enable Growth features on enwiki in the dark mode

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/684988

This may be appropriate for a User-notice or a similar FYI at WP:VPT (since user notice is all wikis I guess).

This may be appropriate for a User-notice or a similar FYI at WP:VPT (since user notice is all wikis I guess).

Of course, we plan to inform the wiki more broadly. this task has been created after getting an agreement at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Growth_Team_features, which includes posting announcements at the right places. Feel free to join!

Like you said, User-notice is too broad (targets all wikis) and won't be used for this.

kostajh triaged this task as Medium priority.Tue, May 4, 7:05 PM
kostajh moved this task from Inbox to Upcoming Work on the Growth-Team board.

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-05-04T23:26:31Z] <Urbanecm> Create tables for GrowthExperiments extension on enwiki (T281896)

Change 684988 merged by jenkins-bot:

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Enable Growth features on enwiki in the dark mode

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/684988

Change 685140 had a related patch set uploaded (by Urbanecm; author: Urbanecm):

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Growth features: enwiki: Fix help panel links

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/685140

Change 685140 merged by jenkins-bot:

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Growth features: enwiki: Fix help panel links

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/685140

Urbanecm_WMF added a subscriber: Urbanecm_WMF.

@Trizek-WMF The wiki was just pushed to the dark mode.

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-05-04T23:38:42Z] <urbanecm@deploy1002> Synchronized wmf-config/InitialiseSettings.php: d29dbb2f435afe64f2fee15b430ee04d5d13c8d7: Enable Growth features on enwiki in the dark mode (T281896; 1/3) (duration: 01m 09s)

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-05-04T23:40:16Z] <urbanecm@deploy1002> Synchronized dblists/growthexperiments.dblist: d29dbb2f435afe64f2fee15b430ee04d5d13c8d7: Enable Growth features on enwiki in the dark mode (T281896; 2/3) (duration: 01m 09s)

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-05-04T23:41:38Z] <urbanecm@deploy1002> Synchronized wmf-config/config/enwiki.yaml: d29dbb2f435afe64f2fee15b430ee04d5d13c8d7: Enable Growth features on enwiki in the dark mode (T281896; 3/3) (duration: 01m 09s)

Change 685143 had a related patch set uploaded (by Urbanecm; author: Urbanecm):

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Growth: enwiki: Add list of mentors

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/685143

Change 685143 merged by jenkins-bot:

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Growth: enwiki: Add list of mentors

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/685143

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-05-05T00:08:38Z] <urbanecm@deploy1002> Synchronized wmf-config/InitialiseSettings.php: 3f6ea8c0e5a4dc667969f5847207902727625bbe: Growth: enwiki: Add list of mentors (T281896) (duration: 01m 10s)

Hi Growth Team! Following up from on-wiki discussion here, I would suggest a few initial changes:

  1. Replace the "how to create a new article" link, which currently goes to the superseded old version of the article wizard, with a link to Help:Your first article (a messy page that needs some streamlining but is the most appropriate target) or at least to the modern wizard.
  2. Replace the "how to write a good article" link, which currently goes to the comprehensive but not beginner-friendly full MOS, with Help:Introduction to the Manual of Style/1 or a similar page. It should also probably not be listed first—experienced editors can pretty easily fix style mistakes, whereas other beginner mistakes are more costly.
  3. In the fifth panel of the "find references" quick start tips, replace "Reliable sources include books, news organizations, and magazine articles" with "Reliable sources include reputable books, news organizations, and magazine articles". The addition of the word "reputable" communicates that not all news organizations/etc. are reliable.

Thank you for your feedback, @Sdkb.

  1. Replace the "how to create a new article" link, which currently goes to the superseded old version of the article wizard, with a link to Help:Your first article (a messy page that needs some streamlining but is the most appropriate target) or at least to the modern wizard.

Should a messy page replace a step by step process? From a newcomer point of view, a long page won't be read, I'm afraid.

  1. Replace the "how to write a good article" link, which currently goes to the comprehensive but not beginner-friendly full MOS, with Help:Introduction to the Manual of Style/1 or a similar page. It should also probably not be listed first—experienced editors can pretty easily fix style mistakes, whereas other beginner mistakes are more costly.

Let's go with Help:Introduction to the Manual of Style/1. :)

  1. In the fifth panel of the "find references" quick start tips, replace "Reliable sources include books, news organizations, and magazine articles" with "Reliable sources include reputable books, news organizations, and magazine articles". The addition of the word "reputable" communicates that not all news organizations/etc. are reliable.

We designed the features for mid-sized Wikipedias. On some of these wikis, the idea of providing references is not as developed as it can be on bigger Wikipedias. Adding a source is a first step. Having it as being "reputable" is one step forward. Also, not everyone agrees on what is a "reputable source". I regularly notice it as a volunteer mentor at French Wikipedia. I'm tracking this potential change there: T282548: Highlight the fact that source must be "reputable".

@Urbanecm_WMF, can you change the Manual of style link in the help panel?
"How to write a good article" should go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Introduction_to_the_Manual_of_Style/1

Change 689069 had a related patch set uploaded (by Urbanecm; author: Urbanecm):

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] enwiki: Growth features: Change help panel links

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/689069

Change 689069 merged by jenkins-bot:

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] enwiki: Growth features: Change help panel links

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/689069

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-05-11T13:47:36Z] <urbanecm@deploy1002> Synchronized wmf-config/InitialiseSettings.php: 1d4d00798bb24daa4e5b81b6c2ecda6143a6c6f0: enwiki: Growth features: Change help panel links (T281896) (duration: 01m 02s)

@Urbanecm_WMF, can you change the Manual of style link in the help panel?
"How to write a good article" should go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Introduction_to_the_Manual_of_Style/1

Just did that. Let me know if there's anything else to change.