Making Wikis Welcoming

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WikiHow.com

Did stats on what kind of welcoming greeting got the best results. 80% of those greeted did not contribute. There were greetings with graphics, without graphics, with templates and free form. Not tested was no welcoming greeting because the wikihow culture seems to be alwaysto greet and could not mass coordinate a prohibition on greeting.

 

One out of 100 made a real valuable contribution.

 

Dark Shadows lesson: Fan made WP edits and no one acknowledged or greeting poster.  Soured poster on contributing. Is now working on autoscripting to make sure new wiki users are being greeting on first post. There may be correlation with grocery stores that hire door greeters. Greeting also cuts down on shoplifters. Greeting may cut down on wiki vandals.

 

Noted: pjIRC, Liquid Threads -- extensions.

 

 

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To welcome or not welcome? That is the question. How to handle vandals, trolls and page switching. What to look for.

 

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