2021:Submissions/The statistics of steward elections and Wikipedia RFAs

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Speakers[edit | edit source]


Abstract[edit | edit source]

Steward elections have been running ever since 2004, and en.wikipedia adminship before that. Both of them are widely considered as one of the most difficult roles to get, with the former requiring a 3-week voting period that happens only once a year, and the latter being similarly difficult in practice. See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Leaderboard/StewardMark for some existing analysis.

The question is - what does the statistics say about it? Do they support the hype on the difficulty? That's the purpose of this lecture, where we will statistically analyse the performance of candidates and use that to derive useful and interesting insights.

Session Outcomes[edit | edit source]

Viewers will gain an insightful understanding on the statistical results of steward and en.wikipedia RfA results, including but not limited to

  • the proportion of candidates that pass at a given year and analysing any reasons for that
  • whether the hype on the difficulty is justified, and why (or why not)
  • whether the support/StewardMark obtained by the candidate in a steward election or RfA is correlated to, for instance, home wiki, and the length of being a steward/adminship
  • and more

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