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Wikipedia talk:Don't protect Main Page featured articles/December 2008 Main Page FA analysis

The previous study examining IP/new editor vandalism of the MPFA was two years ago: Wikipedia talk:Don't protect Main Page featured articles/December Main Page FA analysis. I've looked at the first three days of this month to compare. DrKiernan (talk) 13:51, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

The tables below show:

  • Two diffs - one 'before and after' the day, and one showing change between 'immediate after' and 48 hours after the article is removed from the front page
  • The number and % of IP or new editor edits that are vandalising
  • The number and % of IP or new editor edits that are beneficial to the article by reverting vandalism
  • The number and % of IP or new editor edits that are beneficial to the article by improving quality or adding relevant information
  • The number and % of IP or new editor non-reverting edits that, beneficial or not, are in good faith
  • Total time vandalised by IPs or new editors
  • The amount of time spent protected or semi/protected
  • The new user accounts that edited the page

Note

  • Each edit is counted separately, regardless of the previous behaviour of the account or IP.

Results

1 December

[email protected] (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Time Statistics
IP/new editor total edits IP/new editor vandal edits Reversions by IPs/new editors IP/new editor beneficial edits IP/new editor good faith edits Time spent protected Time spent vandalised by IP/new editor edits (hh:mm)
00:00-05:59 8 7 0 0 1 - 00:09
06:00-11:59 4 3 1 0 0 - 00:03
12:00-17:59 5 4 0 1 0 - 00:15
18:00-23:59 24 19 2 2 1 - 01:07
Totals 41 33 (80.5%) 3 (7.3%) 3 (7.3%) 2 (4.9%) None 01:44 (7.2%)

2 December

St Kilda, Scotland (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Time Statistics
IP/new editor total edits IP/new editor vandal edits Reversions by IPs/new editors IP/new editor beneficial edits IP/new editor good faith edits Time spent protected Time spent vandalised by IP/new editor edits (hh:mm)
00:00-05:59 7 6 0 0 1 - 00:06
06:00-11:59 11 6 2 0 3 - 00:58
12:00-17:59 11 7 2 1 1 - 00:08
18:00-23:59 14 13 0 0 1 - 00:21
Totals 43 32 (74.4%) 4 (9.3%) 1 (2.3%) 6 (14.0%) None[1] 01:33 (6.5%) on the day[2]

3 December

Amateur radio in India (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Time Statistics
IP/new editor total edits IP/new editor vandal edits Reversions by IPs/new editors IP/new editor beneficial edits IP/new editor good faith edits Time spent protected Time spent vandalised by IP/new editor edits (hh:mm)
00:00-05:59 17 13 1 0 3 - 00:45
06:00-11:59 12 11 0 0 1 - 00:19
12:00-17:59 7 5 2 0 0 - 00:12
18:00-23:59 23 20 1 1 1 - 01:04
Totals 59 49 (83.1%) 4 (6.8%) 1 (1.7%) 5 (8.5%) None 02:20 (9.7%)

Conclusions

  • The percentage of edits from IPs or new editors that are vandalism is about 80%, roughly comparable to the rates found in December 2006.
  • The average percentage of edits from IPs or new edits that are beneficial (either as reversions or addition of content) is also roughly the same (range: 7–15% in December 2006, 8.5–14.6% now). As is the percentage of edits from IPs and new editors that are good content (1.7–7.3%).
  • The time the page is visibly vandalised is probably much the same (range: 01:33 – 02:20 now; 00:18 – 02:15 two years ago. average: 01:52 now; 02:10 two years ago).
  • Two years ago, the TFA was protected for an average of 13% of the time while on the Main Page. In this study, the articles were not protected for any length of time. This presumably indicates that administrators are now less willing to protect than they were two years ago.
  • The new accounts created on these three days were not beneficial.

Notes

  1. ^ There was one brief period of protection but it was immediately reversed in the same minute by the same administrator.
  2. ^ In addition, the article was vandalised for two minutes of the following day, as the final vandal edit of the day was not repaired until after midnight.