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It's not about editor retention


The Wikipedia Education Program's focus is on content, not editor retention, and we don't believe general outreach like the Wikipedia Education Program can have an impact on editor retention.

We believe that you can teach someone the skills required to contribute to Wikipedia, but can't teach someone to become a Wikipedian — if you think contributing to Wikipedia is fun, then exposure to Wikipedia editing as part of a class assignment will encourage you to transition from reader to editor. But we believe that if you're not already likely to edit, you will never become a long-term contributor.

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