A list of email addresses of departed editors.
**Why it's requested:**
Support & Safety (formerly known as Community Advocacy) will be launching a large-scale survey on the topic of harassment on November 2. Given the nature of the topic and the knock-on effects it can have on editors' participation, we'd very much like to reach out via email to departed editors and invite them to participate to the survey, as they may have interesting feedback to offer.
**When it's requested:**
Given that we are launching the survey on the November 2nd, we'd love to have this by October 30th at the latest.
**Other helpful information:**
Have done a small Q&A for you:
>> How do we define departed editors for this survey?
To solidify the term for the purposes of running a query, we'd consider an editor as departed if their user account has registered zero activity in any of the Wikimedia projects for over a period of 6 months.
>> Is there a threshold of edits the user had to have made beforehand before they go inactive to filter out accounts that only make one edit and don't come back?
if not causing too much work, we'd like to look at two thresholds on this. One would be set at 100 edits and above, and one at 250 edits and above. The reason for this is so that we can see what kind of numbers we're looking at here, and review the scalability of sending those emails out.
>>Are we concerned about departed editors who have chosen to remove their email address from our system?
No. If one has removed their address, they probably *really* don't want to hear from us in any way or form.
>> Should blocked users be skipped? (There are cases where people who were harassed ended up getting blocked for various reasons, so I'm not sure about this...but we don't want to be emailing random vandals.)
Yes, please. The number of upset but legitimately blocked users is likely to be much higher that the number of harassed users being blocked as a knock-on effect of their reaction to the harassment. So, inviting this group of editors to participate would be more likely to skew the results than help.
>> Should bot accounts be skipped?
Yes, please. If possible.
>> How far back do we want to go for departed accounts? Do we want to be emailing people who were super active in 2004 and then left?
It makes little sense to reach out to somebody who's left the projects a decade ago to ask them if there were harassed....Let's set the threshold at editors who were considered as departed from January 1 2014, onwards. Which assume that last recorded activity would be 30 June 2013.
>> Ideally, it'd be good to know how many there are as soon as it is possible, so that we know how much time to allocate for sending the emails out (send in batched, etc.)
Question from me:
How long would you typically need for this, based on the above? I am conscious of your own time and other commitments, so I want to make sure we're not overwhelming you, considering this is a major favour I'm asking. If we need to make any adjustments on our part on the above parameters, that is something we can certainly accommodate. So, let me know.
Let me know if you have any more questions!! I'll be happy to help :)