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Hi, this is Soni, previously known as TheOriginalSoni. It is time to get the Wiki back into Wikipedia



WP:Co-op: Presentation at Wikimania 2015[edit]

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Hey Soni. I've put in a submission for a presentation at Wikimania 2015 called Is Two the Magic Number?: The Co-op and New Editor Engagement through Mentorship. I'll be talking about the state of finding help spaces on en.wiki and how our new mentorship space, The Co-op, factors into that picture. Reviewing will begin soon and I'll need your help to be able to present our work. Please review our proposal and give us feedback. If you would be interested in seeing this presentation, whether you are attending or not, please add your name to the signup at the bottom of the proposal (you do not need to attend Wikimania to express interest in presentations). I, JethroBT drop me a line on behalf of Wikipedia:Co-op.

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Co-op: Mentor profiles and final pilot prep[edit]

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Hey mentors, two announcements:

  1. You can now make your profile at The Co-op! Please set up your mentor profile here as soon as you are able, as the pilot begins on March 4th. It isn't very involved and should only take a minute. If you need more info about what the different skills mean (e.g. writing, communication), please refer to these descriptions.
  2. Profile creation, invitations, and automated matching of editors, profile creation, that will be coordinated through HostBot and a few gadgets may not be ready for our pilot, and will have to be done manually until they are ready. In preparation for the pilot, please read over these instructions on how we will be manually performing these tasks until the automated components are ready. I, JethroBT drop me a line on behalf of Wikipedia:Co-op.

(Opt-out Instructions) This message was send by Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:42, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Mentors for follow-up Co-op experiment[edit]

Hey dude. I'm working with a group of psychologists to design an experiment that I think would fit well with the co-op after the pilot is completed. I'm messaging you today to see what you think of the idea and whether or not you'd like to work with me on it.

Here's the gist: We'd like to assign newcomers to small group with other newcomers who join co-op at the same time. We'd provide a flow board that would act like a homeroom. Each homeroom would contain 5-10 newcomers. There's lots of fun psych theory that suggests that newcomers fare better when they are socialized within a peer group. We'd like to run a controlled experiment to see if the being invited to a homeroom predicts success in the co-op or editing. I imagine that we'd like to make homeroom assignments as part of the co-op intro flow. Otherwise, we wouldn't want to change anything about the co-op. There would still be 1:1 mentor-learner skill lessons. We'd only be looking to add a homeroom to the periphery of the co-op to see if it has the positive effects we expect.

Does this sound like something you'd be interested in? FWIW, I've already brought up the idea with I JethroBT. He likes the idea but put it on me to see if other co-op mentors are interested. --EpochFail (talkcontribs) 16:44, 24 March 2015 (UTC

  • EpochFail, That actually sounds like a theory that could work. I really like the idea and it's certainly worth looking into and giving a shot. I'm definitely interested in helping around on this. When do you plan to invite newcomers to the homeroom (i.e. when they sign up for mentorship/ when their lesson starts etc)? Soni (talk) (Previously TheOriginalSoni) 23:09, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
\o/ I'd like to invite newcomers to the homeroom as early as possible. I suspect that the shared space would be good for helping newcomers get past the first few speed bumps. I still need to (1) get the researchers to write up a summary on meta and (2) confirm with DannyH (WMF) about Flow's roadmap and any potential extensions to logging that we'll need to do the analysis. As soon as I have those out of the way, I'll introduce you to the group.  :) --EpochFail (talkcontribs) 23:39, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
  • EpochFail, Gotcha, sounds great! Soni (talk) (Previously TheOriginalSoni) 00:25, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Barnstar Giveaway! I award this to you for helping a lot of newcomers in the teahouse. Thanks for your support! Ryguyrocky (talk) 13:28, 15 April 2015 (UTC)