I tried the workaround already :-). When an article has 10000+ edits & as the api limits to 500 results per query it takes a long time just to get the count.

On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Brad Jorsch (Anomie) <bjorsch@wikimedia.org> wrote:
On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM, jeph <jephpaul@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm building an edit visualisation tool , demo. I'm trying to get the total
> number of edits to show the user & for a few other things. I haven't been
> able to retrieve it from the API, though I can see it in the info page of an
> article eg,
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=JSON&action=info#mw-pageinfo-edits
> Any pointers to a solution will be really helpful :-)

There isn't any way to get that in the API right now. A very helpful
solution would be to submit a patch to add it ;) You can look at
includes/actions/InfoAction.php for the implementation of action=info,
and includes/api/ApiQueryInfo.php would probably be the right place to
put it in the API.

As a workaround for number of edits, you could simply use
prop=revisions&rvprop=&rvlimit=max and count the number of revisions
you get back.

Brad Jorsch (Anomie)
Software Engineer
Wikimedia Foundation

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