Article feedback/Version 5
This is the project hub page for Version 5 of the Article Feedback Tool. The Wikimedia Foundation is developing this new feature as an "on-ramp" to engage readers to contribute to Wikipedia -- and become editors over time.
A new version of Article Feedback (AFT5) was released in April 2013 on the English, French and German Wikipedias, for evaluation by their communities. Article Feedback engages readers to make suggestions about articles they are reading — and invites editors to improve these articles based on this feedback. This version aims to surface useful feedback and increase editor productivity, with new features such better filters, simpler moderation tools and talk page integration.
AFT5 is available on an opt-in basis to editors interested in reader comments for articles they watch on the English Wikipedia. To enable feedback on articles you are working on, simply add this 'Article_Feedback_5' category to your pages. Learn more in this project update. For tips on how to use this version, visit this testing page.
The Wikimedia Foundation is now wrapping up new development for this project, fixing any critical bugs that remain, and will collect community suggestions for the next few months -- to prepare for upcoming votes on the French and German Wikipedias later this year. To learn more about next steps about Article Feedback, check the 2013 release plan. The foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Wikipedia community members who helped create Article feedback. We look forward to more collaborations on future editor engagement projects.
Related Pages 
Learn more about the Article Feedback v5:
You are invited to try out Article Feedback now, on one of these pages:
Please let us know what you think of this new tool. We welcome your questions and suggestions on the Article Feedback Talk page.
- Blog post on Article Feedback V5 Next Steps
- Join the discussion on the Article Feedback Talk page
- Share this link with your community: Wikipedia article on AFT5
- Useful links to prototypes and reports
- Feature Requirements
- Metrics Dashboard
- Data and Metrics Plan
- Technical Design
Project update 
Here's our latest update on Article Feedback version 5:
In October 2011, Wikimedia kicked off another round of product development on new and alternative methods of providing feedback regarding the quality of articles, including ideas like a moderated free-text comment queue for suggestions. To that end, the foundation hired Fabrice Florin as product manager for editor engagement.
The overall goal of this project is to find ways for readers to contribute productively to building the encyclopedia. Version 5 will also continue to test different methods for measuring quality, through both implicit and explicit methods. We invite the Wikipedia community (as well as all Wikimedians), to participate in this experiment. Together, we hope to create and test new collaborative tools towards these objectives:
- engage readers to participate more on Wikipedia
- give editors new tools to improve article quality
- encourage readers to become editors over time
- invite a collaboration between editors and readers
- experiment with outsourcing web development
The first implementations of the Article Feedback Tool (Versions 1-4) were focused on the dual objectives of participation and quality. A new Version 5 of the Article Feedback Tool (AFT V5) is now being tested, to take into account both community feedback and data analysis for the current version (AFTv4). The main goal is to find ways for readers to contribute productively to building the encyclopedia. Version 5 will also continue to test different methods for measuring quality, through both implicit and explicit methods.
For Version 5, the Foundation replaced the previous ratings system with "comment" boxes, to invite constructive suggestions for improvement, rather than judgmental ratings. Readers can now provide useful feedback (such as "you're missing a section on that person's childhood") that editors could use to improve the article (as opposed to simply rating the article "3 stars" for completeness). This allows readers to better engage with editors, who could then actively improve articles if they find the feedback helpful.
A feedback page lists all the user posts for each article. All users have access to this feedback page, and can filter or sort that list in a variety of ways. Experienced editors and administrators have the option to feature posts more prominently, or hide offensive posts. Tools enabling readers to mark posts as helpful are also available, along with the ability to flag abuse. These feedback tools were designed in close collaboration with the editor community.
To learn more about next steps about Article Feedback, read this 2013 release plan.
Key features for AFT V5 include:
To learn more, visit the full feature requirements page) -- or check some of the links at the top of this page.
Get involved 
We are developing this new tool in collaboration with Wikipedia editors, with whom we meet regularly over IRC and other channels. We are looking for more volunteers to help improve this article feedback tool.
Talk page 
You're invited to give feedback about the Foundation's current plans for Version 5 and let us know what you think on the Talk page: what community concerns aren't being considered? Are there flaws in the current plans? How would you make the current ideas better? do you have any of your own to share? This is open to everyone - just drop your thoughts on the Talk page.
IRC chats 
To invite community participation during the development of this tool, the Foundation hosted frequent IRC chats during office hours, as outlined in the schedule below. We hope you will join us on future chats. In the meantime, here are logs of our earlier IRC chats on Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2011 -- Jan. 6, Jan. 13 , Jan. 20 , Jan. 27 and Feb. 16, 2012.
- For live results of our current tests, check the metrics dashboard and feedback stream, as well as data dumps.
- Metrics and research questions that will be used to test AFT v.5, as well as a detailed plan with the breakdown of the different tests that we will run, can be found on this page.
- We collected a number of high-level usage metrics (November 2011) from the current version of AFT as a baseline before starting the deployment of AFT v.5.
- Several dashboards with real-time data collected from AFT v.4 are available from the toolserver:
- Detailed reports from the analysis of data collected via AFT v.4 are available on this page.
Version 5's development milestones are outlined below. For more details, check this timeline. These dates are tentative and subject to change, so please check this page often for schedule updates.
|Full release||April. 30, 2013||Final features and code on multiple Wikipedia sites|
All dates above subject to change, based on potential bugs or slowdowns and Wikimedia's overall plans for this project.
Here are the Wikimedia team members who are working on this project at this time:
- Product Manager Fabrice Florin
- Lead Engineer Matthias Mullie
- Interaction Designer Pau Giner
- Community Liaison Oliver Keyes
- Research Analyst Dario Taraborelli
- Research Consultant Aaron Halfaker
- VP Engineering / Product Erik Moeller
- Product Development Director Howie Fung
- Features Engineering Director Terry Chay
The first phases of development for AFT5 were outsourced to OmniTI, our development partner. Their team included Leon Fayer, Yoni Shostak, Reha Sterbin, Elizabeth Smith, Greg Chiasson, Mike Jackson and Sean Heavey.
Here are some of the Wikipedia community members who helped design this product with us:
We’d like to give special thanks and recognition to these community members who have already done so much to develop this new tool: we are grateful for your insights and commitment to this cause!
|Article Feedback Version 5||Specs: Hub • Feature Requirements • Technical Design • Testing • Extension Page
Metrics: Data and Metrics Plan • Clicktracking • Volume Analysis • Quality Assessment
Tools: • Wikipedia AFTv5 Category • Wikipedia Data Stream • Open Bugs • Recent Code Changes • PDF Prototype
Community: MW talk page • Ideas Log • Wikipedia talk page