Wikimedia Apps/Team/Android/AppEditorTasks

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What is this project?[edit]

The Android team are working on a feature that will suggest small contributions that editors can make via their mobile devices. We used to call it App Editor Tasks, but have decided to call it Suggested Edits instead, because that's just what the feature does: suggest small, quick, but extremely useful edits that you can make right in the app!

Version 1.0, released 23 April 2019, enabled users who have previously made 3+ good (i.e., not reverted) Wikidata description edits through the app to access a feature that suggests articles that are missing Wikidata descriptions in their language, and allow them to add these missing descriptions. For users who have made 50+ good edits, we suggest Wikidata descriptions that they can translate from one language into another.

Version 2.0, to be released mid-July 2019, will enable users who have previously made 3+ good image caption additions to add structured captions for images that are used on-wiki, but currently lack structured captions. Users who have added 15+ good structured captions will be prompted to translate captions from one language to another if they have multiple languages set in the app.

Future phases of development will enable other types of contributions, for example suggesting low-ORES scored articles to review and edit, or reviewing depicts statements on images. We welcome your suggestions on other types of edits that we can enable using this workflow! You can reach us on the Talk page for this project, or on Phabricator.

What's the rationale for doing this?[edit]

Our readers mainly read the wikis on mobile phones; our editing tools are focused on desktop and keyboards. This will be a problem for us: Wikipedia became a big thing because everyone who read it could add information. If this is not true in the future, we’ll have a harder time getting new editors. The developers are working on a number of different solutions, including, of course, trying to make the kind of typical content creation that we’ve always done easier on mobile. However, we’re also looking into whether there are specific tasks that could be especially well-suited for mobile users.

With this feature, we want to:

  • Extend usage of existing micro-contribution tool. The (Wikidata) title description editing feature on Android has proven successful in encouraging micro-contributions.
  • Extend app knowledge of multilingual users.
  • Increase Android app editor retention. Based on previous launch of editing Wikidata descriptions, and through previous community consultations, it is our hypothesis that providing more micro-contributions to the Android app will lead to an increase in in-app editor activity and retention.

Won't this lead to spam or vandalism?[edit]

This graph shows the revert rate for Wikidata descriptions made through the Suggested Edits feature on Android from its launch through 13 July 2019
Graph showing the revert rate for Wikidata descriptions made through the Suggested Edits feature on Android from its launch through 13 July 2019

Based on the outcomes of the release of Wikidata description editing in 2017–2018, we don't think so. There are several safeguards in place to prevent spam and vandalism:

  • Users must be logged in through the app (no IP editing is allowed through the feature).
  • Users must previously have made 3+ good edits through the app to be shown the feature at all, and 15+ good edits to be given access to translate through the feature. There is a waiting period between the 3rd edit and the time the feature unlocks, to give volunteer patrollers time to revert any poor-quality edits, thus preventing would-be vandals from getting access to Suggested Edits.
  • Access to the feature will be revoked if the user's edits get reverted.

As you can see from this graph of the revert rate on Suggested Edits 1.0, the safeguards seem to be working - the revert rate is usually 0%, and with only two exceptions, is below the background rate of reverts for edits made through the Android app.

Suggested Edits 1.0 - Add/translate Wikidata descriptions (released 23 April 2019)[edit]

This feature enables users who have previously made 3+ good (i.e., not reverted) Wikidata description edits through the app access to a feature that suggests articles that are missing Wikidata descriptions in their language, and allow them to add these missing descriptions. For users who have made 50+ good edits, we suggest Wikidata descriptions that they can translate from one language into another.

You can follow the development process we went through on Phabricator. You can also read the FAQ on the Wikidata project page.

Check out the designs below to get an overview of how things work (in this case, adding a new Wikidata description to an article that doesn't have one):

Suggested Edits 2.0 - Add/translate structured image captions for Commons (to be released mid-July 2019)[edit]

The latest version of Suggested Edits will display images that are missing structured captions on Commons. Editors will be prompted to enter a caption in their own words or to translate a caption from another language they speak. (We don't allow editors to copy-paste text within the Suggested Edits workflow.)

The images suggested by the feature are used on one or more articles in the target language, but lack structured captions - so we anticipate that by allowing editors to add high-quality structured captions in a quick and easy way, the Structured Data project, app editors, and users who view the captions will all benefit.

Check out the designs below to get an overview of how things work (in this case, translating an English structured caption into German):

What will future development of Suggested Edits look like?[edit]

Here's what we're targeting:

2019-04-23 - Phase 1 released. This includes the ability to add and translate Wikidata descriptions

mid-July 2019 - Phase 2 released. This includes the ability to add and translate structured captions for Commons images

FY 2019/20 - Explore extensions to the feature, such as suggesting low-ORES scored articles to review and edit.