Thanks for the article, Denny. A couple of weeks ago, I posted a proposal to use machine learning to identify problematic talk page behaviour at the English Wikipedia's Village Pump.
The ideas seem roughly equivalent: the main aim is to make people aware of it when they are about to engage in counterproductive behaviour, and to ensure there is more timely feedback and outside input. Personally, I think the community needs a push like this in order to make that cultural shift. It is encouraging to learn that such an effort can yield tangible results in practice (something a few of the commenters at the Village Pump were doubtful about). Please review the linked Village Pump discussion, and provide input on how and whether this could be made to work in Wikipedia.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(proposals)#Proposed:_Tag_.2F_edit_filter_for_talk_page_abuse Permalink: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Village_pump_(proposals)&oldid=690573963#Proposed:_Tag_.2F_edit_filter_for_talk_page_abuse > > On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 3:12 PM, Denny Vrandečić <vrande...@gmail.com> > > wrote: > > > >> Very interesting read (via Brandon Harris): > >> > >> > >> > http://recode.net/2015/07/07/doing-something-about-the-impossible-problem-of-abuse-in-online-games/ > >> > >> "the vast majority of negative behavior ... did not originate from the > >> persistently negative online citizens; in fact, 87 percent of online > >> toxicity came from the neutral and positive citizens just having a bad > day > >> here or there." > >> > >> "... incidences of homophobia, sexism and racism ... have fallen to a > >> combined 2 percent of all games. Verbal abuse has dropped by more than > 40 > >> percent, and 91.6 percent of negative players change their act and never > >> commit another offense after just one reported penalty." > >> > >> I have plenty of ideas how to apply this to Wikipedia, but I am sure > Dario > >> and his team as well :) - and some opportunity for the communities to > use > >> such results. > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>