This initiative seems predicated on the idea that other editors are targeting editors with redlinked userpages as probably editing in badfaith. An alternative theory is that the truly sure mark of a newbie is a redlinked talkpage, so the best way to protect goodfaith new editors is to welcome them once you've checked their first edit and found it to be in goodfaith. In my understanding Huggle etc divides users into four broad groups:
- whitelisted editors
- editors with bluelinked talkpages and no recent warnings
- editors with redlinked talkpages
- editors with recent warnings.
Editors with bluelinked userpages and redlinked talkpages are currently an anomalous subset of group 3 that includes spammers and myspacers.
Efficiently moving users more quickly from group 3 to group 2 and group 2 to group 1 would reduce the load for Hugglers and other patrollers, thus making recent changes more efficient, less stressed and hopefully less likely to miscategorise a goodfaith newbie as a vandal.
Possible ways to do this include:
A user preference for those who have hotcat installed to "welcome unwelcomed new editors with a personalised welcome based on the category I've just added to their new article". This would require a bit of code using the wikiproject or more likely category to tailor the welcome to include a Wikiproject or Wikiprojects that they might find interesting - we already have w:en:User:DASHBot/Wikiprojects/Templates the table for this, we just need the code. Newpage patrol would I believe be transformed if there was an option to auto welcome newbies whose articles you had patrolled. This could just be done by creating an extra button for patrollers where the article is by a Newbie - so [Mark this page as patrolled and welcome author] would appear as well as [Mark this page as patrolled]. T
Linking Huggle and the other vandalism reversion tools and manual vandalfighters so that white lists can be generated more efficiently would speed up the transition from the second group to the first. I revert vandalism manually and welcome good faith users using Twinkle, but I'm pretty sure that when I check an edit and do nothing that does not currently contribute to getting that editor whitelisted.