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Link "Newcomer Task" tagged edits to new mediawiki page with moderator-focused description of tasks
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As the Growth team, I want to be sure that patrollers and community moderators understand newcomer tasks (AKA suggested edits), because they add a patrolling burden so it's important to understand that these tasks help more newcomers start editing and improve retention.

Description

Newcomer Tasks are tagged (in Recent Changes, in diffs, etc.), example:

Tags: Visual edit, Newcomer task, Newcomer task: copyedit

However the "Newcomer task" and "Newcomer task: copyedit" tags link to the very lengthy project page: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Growth/Personalized_first_day/Newcomer_tasks

This isn't a very helpful page for community moderators who likely just want a quick summary of what a "Newcomer task" is and why they exist.

Let's simply create a new, succinct summary of what these tasks are about AND the impact they have on newcomer activation and retention, and then link to this new page.

Acceptance Criteria

Given I'm viewing any page that includes a "Newcomer task" or "Newcomer task: ..." tag,
When I click on it,
Then it links to the correct section in the "Newcomer Task" media wiki page:


Completion checklist

Functionality

  • The patches have been code reviewed and merged
  • The task passes its acceptance criteria

Engineering

  • There are existing and passing unit/integration tests
  • Tests for every involved patch should pass
  • Coverage for every involved project should have improved or stayed the same

Design & QA

  • If the task is UX/Design related: it must be reviewed and approved by the UX/Design team
  • Must be reviewed and approved by Quality Assurance.

Documentation

  • Related and updated documentation done where necessary

Event Timeline

Change 895893 had a related patch set uploaded (by Gergő Tisza; author: Gergő Tisza):

[mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments@master] Newcomer tasks: Update change tag links

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/895893

Change 895893 merged by jenkins-bot:

[mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments@master] Newcomer tasks: Update change tag links

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/895893

Etonkovidova subscribed.

Checked on testwiki wmf.27 - needs to be checked on lang wikis with wmf.27.

Note: many tags have a reference page as on-wiki page, not on mediawiki e.g.
Tag: AntiVandal script -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:AntiVandal
Tag: Visual edit -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VisualEditor
Tag: Huggle -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Huggle
Any preference for where to place such documentation?

Thanks for testing, Elena!

That's a good point! We were previously linking to mediawiki, so I assume it's OK that we are continuing to link to mediawiki.
@Trizek is there any sort of norm we should follow here?

@Trizek is there any sort of norm we should follow here?

There is no norm, and actually no ideal solution.

In the past, Editing went with a redirect to mediawiki for the visual editing tag (example), leaving the possibility for communities to create a local page. However, experience proves that local pages aren't updated, even at big wikis. So one central place is much safer IMO.

Etonkovidova updated the task description. (Show Details)

In the past, Editing went with a redirect to mediawiki for the visual editing tag (example), leaving the possibility for communities to create a local page. However, experience proves that local pages aren't updated, even at big wikis. So one central place is much safer IMO.

Change tag texts are editable via the i18n system, so if some community wants to provide a local page, they can. We can't - I don't think there's any low-effort way to coordinate creating local pages on all wikis, much less syncing the way translations of a mw.org page can be kept in sync.

Indeed. At any central place with translations, untranslated or obsolete translations are at least clearly visible, which is not the case for an outdated page at a local wiki. In this case, you have to check the page history and find the centralized source to compare both contents, which clearly is not done, and also a good source of misunderstandings -- don't ask me how I know. :)

The ideal solution would be to transclude translated help pages, which is not yet possible, except through Mediawiki messages.