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Watch this quick video tour of Article Feedback:

This video tour can be viewed in other formats on YouTube and Vimeo.

About this video[edit]

Video tour of Article Feedback V5, which provides a new way to engage readers to contribute productively on Wikipedia. This full version of the screencast (3:50) shows how readers can use this new tool to give suggestions -- and how editors can make improvements to articles based on that feedback. This video was created and narrated by Wikimedia product manager Fabrice Florin. See video script below.

Editors: To learn more, check our help page. If you have any questions about Article feedback, please contact our Community Liaison or join the discussion on the AFT5 talk page.

Developers / Researchers: see also project overview page, useful links, feature requirements, as well as technical design page, data and metrics plan and our live metrics dashboard.

© 2012 Wikimedia Foundation -- Text and images available under CC-BY-SA: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 and CC-BY: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenses.

Tech note: This is an .ogv version of this Video Tour (based on the open video compression format from Theora). This format is widely supported by modern browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, but may not play on some browsers, such as Safari -- or mobile platforms like iOS. Some of these browsers (e.g.: desktop version of Safari) will give you the option to quickly install a Theora-compatible driver when you view this page.


Video Tour Script for Article Feedback V5. Written and narrated by Fabrice Florin on July 4.

Welcome to Article Feedback on Wikipedia! This video screencast will give you a quick tour of this new feature from the Wikimedia Foundation. It lets readers give suggestions and helps editors make improvements to articles -- and provides a whole new way to contribute productively on Wikipedia.

Here's how it works.

As a reader on Wikipedia, you can easily make suggestions to improve articles like this one. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page, and answer the question "Did you find what you were looking for?". (live demo) So here we thought something was missing, so we will select "no." … we're going to type a short comment … and we'll post the feedback. After you post your feedback, you'll be invited to contribute in other ways. For example, you may be encouraged to edit this article.

And to see where your comment has been posted, click on this link next to the thank you note. You can see your latest post here on the feedback page -- which also shows what others thought of this article. Please take a moment to promote the most helpful feedback. (demo) Scroll down the page, here's an interesting comment. This one seems useful, so I'll click on the thumbs-up icon, which will bring it up to the attention of the editors. If you see inappropriate comments, simply flag them as abuse.

So this is an easy way for anyone to add a comment on Wikipedia, even if they don't have time to learn how it works. And research shows that many readers become editors after posting feedback.

Article Feedback can also help editors improve articles on Wikipedia, based on user suggestions.

Here's how it works for editors. On any article, check the talk page to see if anyone has added feedback. If they have, this link will appear and take you to the feedback page.

As an editor, you have access to special tools for using this feedback, shown here on the right. If you see a comment that you think is particularly useful, you can feature it. (demo) Let's chose this one that was posted earlier, … add a note and features this post. This will put it higher up on the feedback page, so it will be noticed by other editors. And once the article has been edited based on that suggestion, you can mark it as resolved to move it further down the list. You can also view the activity on any feedback post, to see what others thought about this comment.

Some experienced editors and administrators, called monitors, can also hide comments that are inappropriate. (demo) For example, this one seems inappropriate, I'm going to hide it and the comment is gone. Monitors can also request oversight if they believe a comment should be permanently removed.

If you would like to see all comments from across Wikipedia, scroll to the borrow of any page, and click here to go the central feedback page, where editors can quickly separate good and bad feedback, all in one place.

So that's Article feedback in a nutshell. For more information, click the "Learn more" link on any feedback page.

Our research suggests that it's an effective way for Wikipedia readers to contribute to the encyclopedia -- and also helps editors improve articles based on that feedback. Most importantly, it engages readers to become editors over time.

We hope you'll find this new feature useful. Enjoy ...


Here are links to .ogv versions of this Video Tour on Commons, Media Wiki and the English Wikipedia.

  • Video Tour for Editors on Commons: (full length: 3:50 - used for this page)

  • Video Tour for Readers on Commons: (short length: 1:50)

  • Video Tour for Editors on MediaWiki: (Full Screen and full length: 3:50 - this page)

  • Video Tour for Editors on AFT5 project page: (Medium Size and full length: 3:50)

  • Video Tour for Editors on En-wiki Help page: (Medium Size and full length: 3:50)

  • Video Tour for Readers on En-wiki Help page: (Medium Size and short length: 1:50)

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Tech Notes:

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See examples below.

Article Feedback - Video Tour