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CZ:Managing Editor/2010/004 - Simplification of application procedure

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The current application procedure is too complex. --Daniel Mietchen 12:38, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Rephrased as a question: Can the current registration process be simplified without compromising essential functionalities?
Time frame: Days - Weeks.
--Daniel Mietchen 01:40, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
See section #Essential functions of the registration process. --Daniel Mietchen 00:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

Essential functions of the registration process

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Function Currently included Comment
Provide new users with an account to contribute yes Necessary if we want neither IP contributions nor an account with public password. --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Verify email of new user yes Necessary for email notifications --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Verify real name of new user yes Necessary for the real name policy mentioned in both the preamble and Article 2 of the Charter. --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Name account after real name of new user yes Not strictly necessary under the real name policy above, yet practical. --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Verify link between email and real name of new user yes Could be less restrictive in terms of allowable domain names --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Ask for biography of new user yes Biography may be the wrong word, yet some form of experience, expertise and interests is necessary at some point, and doing so at signup is practical. --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC) Perhaps: Request Biosketch, to include summary of relevant educational and work experience, list of particular interests, and list of areas of expertise. Anthony.Sebastian 03:39, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Ask for workgroups of interest to new user yes Not necessary at signup; could be handled as a separate step after account creation --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Test command of English yes Not necessary at signup; better handled as a separate step after account creation, or even after the first edits. Also, this requirement keeps non-native speakers away (who may well contribute good content if someone else brushes their English), and contributions to the project may not even require high levels of writing in English (think of technical aspects like coding, templates, skins, categories, or images and multimedia). --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
For Editor applicants, ask for qualifications yes Not necessary at signup; better handled as a separate step after account creation --Daniel Mietchen 08:32, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

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