This is awesome information, many thanks Leon and Joseph.
It seems that the information you mentioned is also available in the
redirects API, i.e.
On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 5:59 PM, Leon Ziemba <musikanimal(a)wikimedia.org>
TL;DR, see  for the chart on the old page and new
By default the search uses the native autocompletion, which is usually
what you want. E.g. if you search for "Barak Obama" you will see very few
pageviews when most people actually wanted "Barack Obama". You can change
this behaviour by going to the Settings > "Search method" >
including redirects". I still had trouble pulling it up with that setting
though, something I'm not sure I can fix, as it seems to be an issue with
the search API. In most cases however "Autocompletion including redirects"
should reveal what you want, otherwise you could try "No autocompletion".
Anyway here's data for both the old location and new: . There is some
overlap because when you browse to a redirect, it will count as a pageview
for the redirect itself, and not for the target article. If you want all
pageviews, including redirects, consider using the "Redirect Views" tool:
You probably are thinking to yourself that you always want redirects to be
included, but doing so does not ensure completely accurate data. For
instance, those redirects could have at some point in the past gone to a
different article. So you'd then be getting (probably slightly) inaccurate
numbers. There are talks of tackling this issue in the API itself, see .
In addition some pages have lots of redirects which could noticeably slow
down the tool.
Another possible solution is to query the page move log. This is something
I hope to actually do at some point, you can follow the ticket on
Phabricator for updates . This may be quite challenging, since there are
some edge cases where the move log will steer you wrong and you end up
querying the wrong pages.
Sorry for my excessive tech jargon, if it comes off that way :) Until we
have a better way of handling this, first make sure you have the "Search
method" set to "Autocomplete including redirects" or "No
then simply type in the old page title.
Hope this helps,
On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM, Joseph Allemandou <
Thanks for your message and support :)
The reason the page had no views before 4/29/2016is because its name has
changed that day , and we collect pageviews by name.
You can find the raw data using direct API calls ( for new name, 
for old name, only capital J differs ...), but I have not found a way to
view it properly with the pageviews tool.
Being able to request titles that are not current pages could be an
interesting feature request -- Ping @MusikAnimal ;)
On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 4:10 PM, Gheorghe Postelnicu <
First of all, thank you for providing such a wealth of information
regarding Wikipedia usage. This is really interesting.
I was browsing the pageviews visualization provided by wmflabs and
noticed a particular case which surprised. The FR page for *Batman v
Superman *seems to have received no visit whasoever before 4/29/2016:
However, the page existed as early as 2014:
and similar pages in IT or ES show quite a lot of views:
Any idea why the complete lack of pageviews for the FR page? Even if for
some reason the page was not very popular in FR, shouldn't it have received
at least some views?
Many thanks in advance for any ideas,
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