Hi Martin, Thanks for the update. I'm very interested to learn more once you have more to share.
I'm not sure if you're aware of the research on sockpuppet detection. It's a different problem than what you describe here, but I would not be surprised if learnings from each of these projects can help another. You can keep in touch with the sockpuppet detection at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Sockpuppet_detection_in_Wikimedia_projects Also, if you will have early results, feel free to submit them as part of the March 11 deadline (http://wikiworkshop.org/2018/#dates) for Wiki Workshop. It would be great to have a chance to discuss this research more in person if you or your team will end up being in Lyon for TWC2019. Best, Leila On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 2:39 AM, Martin Potthast <martin.potth...@uni-leipzig.de> wrote: > Hi everyone, > > we  would like to announce a research project with the goal of studying > whether user interactions recorded at the time of editing are suitable to > predict vandalism in real time. > > Should vandal editing behavior be sufficiently different from normal > editing behavior, this would allow for a number of interesting real-time > prevention techniques. For example: > - withholding confidently suspicious edits for review before publishing > them, > - a popup asking "I am not a vandal" (as in Google's "I am not a robot") to > analyze vandal reactions, > - a popup with a chat box to personally engage vandals, e.g., to help them > find other ways of stress relief or to understand them better, > - or at the very least: a new signal to improve traditional vandalism > detectors. > > We have set up a laboratory environment to study editor behavior in a > realistic setting using a private mirror of Wikipedia. No editing > whatsoever is conducted on the real Wikipedia as part of our experiments, > and all test subjects of our user studies are made aware of the > experimental nature of their editing. We plan on making use of > crowdsourcing as a means to attain scale and diversity. > > If you wish to participate in this study as a test subject yourself, please > get in touch. The more diversity, the more insightful the results will be. > We are also happy to collaborate and to answer all questions that may arise > in relation to the project. For example, our setup and tooling may turn out > to be useful to study other user behavior-related things without having to > actually deploy experiments within the live MediaWiki. > > Best, > Martin > > PS: The AICaptcha project seems most closely related. @Vinitha and Gergő: > If you wish, we can set up a Skype meeting to talk about a avenues for > collaboration. > > >  A group of students and researchers from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar ( > www.webis.de) and Leipzig University (www.temir.org); project PI: Martin > Potthast. > _______________________________________________ > Wiki-research-l mailing list > Wikiemail@example.com > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l _______________________________________________ Wiki-research-l mailing list Wikifirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l