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Misibacsi (talkcontribs)

It is a big mistake to expect newcomers will edit as experienced editors, when the newcomers know nothing about creating a new WP-article.

I suggest encouriging them to correct small mistakes, typos and such in existing articles to gain experience first, and much-much later they will start a new article by themselves.

Maybe also would be good if they would point to mistakes in articles, or suggest corrections.

Many times we notice that they leave a message somewhere in Help forums with a suggestion about an article (which contains errors), but they do not know how to correct this and ask editors for help. Maybe this is also not an easy task for a newcomer.


Wargo (talkcontribs)

This is for newcomers to learn and make first steps to "edit as experienced editors". "Maybe this is also not an easy task for a newcomer" - so there is need for resources for them. This project can help.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

We encourage newcomers to make small tasks. That's the entire principle of the newcomer tasks. Maybe we haven't explained it well.

Difficulty filters

Difficulty filters are selected by default for Easy tasks, and creating an article is locked (because too difficult for a first experience) until newcomers have tried to edit.

We also plan to use the help panel to explain what to do to achieve the suggested edit.

MMiller (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thanks for explaining, @Trizek (WMF). @Misibacsi -- does this make more sense now? The project uses maintenance templates to surface articles that need copyediting, links, references, etc. Newcomers will be encouraged like "Just add one link to this article and save it!" In this way, we hope they learn to edit in small steps. Do you have additional ideas?

Misibacsi (talkcontribs)

This makes more sense. Thanks for the explanation.

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