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Submissions/Wikistats: New Patterns

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 1106
Title of the submission

Wikistats: New Patterns

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Erik Zachte

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Erik Zachte

Country of origin

The Netherlands

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Data Analyst for Wikimedia Foundation

Personal homepage or blog



I will present new Wikistats figures and patterns

  • Active Wikis
In press releases and presentations we typically talk about Wikipedia being available in 280 or so languages. Our projects range from unbelievably successful via medium-sized but healthy to smallish and beyond. Beyond consists of a long trail of hardly active or even disabled Wikipedias (and other wikis). Few outsiders may have a clue that within our 280 Wikipedias we have many projects with 10 or less articles. Fewer will know many projects have been locked, out of necessity, as there are no editors available to weed out spam. In March 2013 there were 767 open public wikis, and 81 locked public wikis. Out of those 767 public open wikis, that month only 64% saw at least one active editor (5+ edits), and only 32% saw five or more active editors. I will present up to date figures, and (if prep time allows) how these ratios develop over time.
  • Unique Editor Trends
I will give a short summary (and possibly further depth) on a recent study: Wikimedia editor trends broken down by project. Since long Wikistats includes monthly figures for deduplicated editors (meaning: each editor counts only once, regardless of number of projects he of she worked on). Only recently we started to break these unique editor counts down per project. A further breakdown into smaller clusters could reveal new patterns. A major example: for non English Wikipedias as a whole there is no decline in active editors at all.
  • Migration Patterns Between Wikis
Could it be that part of the decline in editors on the English Wikipedia happened as the result of shifting focus rather than exodus? Maybe some wikipedians migrated to the wiki in their native language, once that wiki gained in prominence? How about migration from English to the 22 or so Indian languages we support? From European languages to African languages? From major languages to dialects? From Wikipedia to less crowded projects such as Wikisource, which saw a healthy growth in editors in recent years (some have it that the more relaxed ambiance has something to do with it).
  • Varia may include (if time permits)
Quick notice of upgraded stats.wikimedia.org portal which will soon (before Aug) feature many more stats projects and a search facility
Some of the work is available now. Migration patterns will be produced in 2014Q2, within the framework of quarterly objectives for WMF Analytics Dept.

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30 minutes
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