--- El dom, 8/11/09, Piotr Konieczny <piokon(a)post.pl> escribió:
De: Piotr Konieczny <piokon(a)post.pl>
Asunto: Re: [Wiki-research-l] How many contributions are unproductive?
Para: "Research into Wikimedia content and communities"
Fecha: domingo, 8 de noviembre, 2009 20:39
While the definition and discussion of "(un)productivity"
fascinating, what about a simpler question:
How many editors are active?
A major issue is to decide on a time frame. Do we mean
activity within 1
hour? 1 day? 1 week? 1 month?
Or those with appropriate capabilities could just run a
analysis for historical patterns (I am sure it was done in
the past, but
the advantage of a real time monitoring tool versus results
work (usually older than a year) should be pretty
Some results from the time I run this tool in July are
But it would be nice to have better numbers.
My apologies for self-promotion.
On my dissertation you can find a survival analysis for the top 10 language versions
answering that question with a formal statistical approach.
For updated numbers, we are waiting to publish new work but, in the mean time, suffice to
say that all Wikipedias are losing contributors rapidly. For example, EN Wikipedia is
losing "active editors" at a rate of about 15.000 contributors per month (I
presented the graphs on the last WikiSym for the first time).
All the same, in my opinion these are 2 very different questions. This one has to do with
community size and editorial effort. Joseph's question is related to the
"acceptance" of contributions.
"The problem about Wikipedia is, that it just works in
reality, not in
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