Research about how to measure the effectiveness of user blocks
The Community health initiative is starting a project to measure the
effectiveness of blocks. The first step is to discuss with the wikimedia
community ideas about how to do it. To that end, the Anti-Harassment Tools
team and Morten Warncke-Wang have created space to discuss research ideas
about user blocks.
AHT is particularly interested to learn whether the new partial blocks
feature is successful as a ''tool or instrument''. Therefore, the first
part of this research will mainly focused on the short term gains in the
utility of partial blocks in order to understand whether it appears to be
working and if there appears to be a need for changes. These measurements
will provide us with insight quickly. Currently there is not much known
about how sitewide blocks affect users. This makes a comparison of the
effects of the new partial block feature to sitewide blocks difficult. To
provide all of us with some insight, the Anti-Harassment Tools team would
like to examine historical block data across wikimedia projects to
establish a baseline.
However, our list of measurements that we propose has a lot of longer term
ones, e.g. surveys. These are important and should be considered to be
implemented later, because they can provide all of us with insight that is
Please on wiki to discuss these ideas and your ideas.