For that example: of the visitors who clicked on one of the primary links,
17% of the users whose Accept-Language included Vietnamese as the first
language went to the Italian Wikipedia. Not sure why! And while
Accept-Language is not a perfect indicator, it is kind of our best bet for
language detection and localization.
As for search being more popular than the links for one population vs the
other: US accounts for approx. 40% of the total traffic to wikipedia.org
with UK coming in 2nd at about 8% and the remainder accounted by the 200+
other countries (http://discovery.wmflabs.org/portal/#country_breakdown
Given that 90% of all traffic to Wikipedia is direct traffic (
), I suppose
English-speaking US & UK visitors (the biggest group of visitors to the
Portal) have the page bookmarked, go to it, and search because they're not
especially interested in visiting Wikipedia in other languages. On the
other hand, users of other languages might find it preferable to bookmark
the main Wikipedia page of their respective language rather than go to
or are just used to going to wikipedia.org
and then clicking
on their language, even though the search box detects the user's language.
There's only so much we can do with the data we have. Thanks for the
questions! I hope I've answered them, or provided any additional insights.
On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:08 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemowiki(a)gmail.com>
How do you interpret the 100 % figures at page 7 and
things like the 17 %
of "Vietnamese" users going to it.wiki per page 6? Such results IMHO mostly
show that Accept-Language is a very poor indicator of the languages really
understood by the user, as we've known for a long time.
The graph at p. 4 is more promising because it could tell us something
about the relative advantages of search vs. manual selection that the users
see depending on their conditions. We could discover more with breakdowns
other than en/non-en accept-language. The main take away seems to be that
for one population the search is 5 times more popular than the links, while
for the other they are very similar... but why??
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