Grants:IdeaLab/Recognize the new users. Education tag on entries done in an educational initiative

Recognize the new users. Education tag on entries done in an educational initiative
The idea is to create an official tag that educators that rely on Wikimedia projects could put on entries their students are working on. This would serve as an alert to the community that, though there might be at some point problems in the editing, the new editor is part of an educational process, that will address some of these problems and, most importantly, the work is being done with good faith. If this official alert becomes a signal of good faith, this signal could be a form of reducing the probability that active editors and this new users get into conflict, which could lead to offenses, harassments and so on.
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created on11:46, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

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What is the problem you're trying to solve?Edit

Frustration! New users who get bad initial experiences with the community get very frustrated. Active editors are constantly overwhelmed -- and frustrated -- with vandalism and bad-faith editing. This might become a real challenge for good-faith new users, especially in educational settings, to really get enthusiastic with the projects and lead to a spiral of aggressive behavior.

What is your solution?Edit

To create an official signal, a tag or something like that, that in the incredible process of editions that happen worldwide would signal to the community what contributions that are done by rookies were actually done in the context of an educational initiative. This could at the end be a means of integrating more the community with educational initiatives. The tag I am suggesting would be exclusively created by the instructor or campus/online volunteers.


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About the idea creatorEdit

I am a university professor in Brazil, using Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects as a basis for assignments for over three years. I have also run an initiative on wiki-scientific dissemination, especially related to stochastic processes, in the research lab I work on.



There is already something like this, but I don't know where to find it. Patrick? Slowking4? Who would know? User:Kevin Gorman used to connect people with education resources, but I don't think he's around much any more. —Neotarf (talk) 01:56, 11 June 2016 (UTC) (And I think a tag is not the best idea, it will just attract inexperienced patrollers. See Slowking's idea: Grants:IdeaLab/train reviewers to become ambassadors)

well the education program has tools for this Grants:Evaluation/Program Toolkits/Education. they have historically used w:Template:Educational assignment template on talk; or hashtag in edit summary, with the hashtag tool (as used here The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref/Lessons).
maybe, the proposer wants these translated into easy to use dashboard for non-english speakers? or training people to be nicer to students. i find patroler / admin behavior is disdainful of students; they see them as problems. Slowking4 (talk) 02:12, 11 June 2016 (UTC)
Exactly, and I see there is another proposal from the Portuguese Wikipedia at Grants:IdeaLab/Stop the Mad Erasers, but I also think the templates can only be used on the wiki where they are made. It is a social problem, in my opinion, and you need a group of people who can edit together constructively. —Neotarf (talk) 02:31, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

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