The “hasten-the-day” crowd will be pleased.
The new ACTRIAL report is out, and it does not look good for newbies, but then again, when did anything ever look good for newbies.
ACTRIAL also has a murky past, having first been proposed in 2011 as the brainchild of someone named Kudpung.
So what is actrial?
“The Autoconfirmed article creation trial (also known as ‘ACTRIAL’) is a six-month trial that ran on the English Wikipedia from September 14, 2017 to March 14, 2018. During the trial, article creation was limited to users with autoconfirmed status (at least ten edits and at least four days since registration).”
For existing users, there is no change, but when new users and sockpuppets attempt to create a new article, they are directed to an article creation “wizard”, which will step them through a bazillion questions before spitting them out into the failing Articles for Creation project. Some wizard.
And the result? According to the Post-trial Research Report:
- There was a decrease in new junk articles to be deleted.
- New articles were shifted from Wikipedia itself to draft space, shifting the backlog from new page patrol to the already overworked AfC. The current AfC backlog is 2,404 total.
No word on whether there is a corresponding decrease in good articles created. Maybe writing new articles is not a priority.
“This shift of content creation from the article to the Draft namespace is worrisome. Previous research has shown that the AfC process is not as collaborative as creating content in the article namespace. It’s problematic if Wikipedia derails contributions by new users into a space where collaboration does not happen, leaving the newcomer to figure everything out on their own.”
There is also this:
“We end up deleting a lot of drafts just because they don’t have enough citations, even if the basic article is solid and has potential to improve.”
So I guess now that the trial is over, the newbies can all go create articles now, just in time for Women’s History Month.