On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM, David Goodman <dggenwp(a)gmail.com> wrote:
But what is the relative rate of new edits between the de and en WPs?
I've had a look at some stats. See
According to these tables, March 2012 saw
745k edits in de:WP, with
1,094 editors making more than 100 edits,
6,860 making more than 5 edits,
850 new editors,
121,993 Wikipedians in total.
3.5M edits in en:WP, with
3,424 editors making more than 100 edits,
34,386 making more than 5 edits,
7007 new editors,
766,011 Wikipedians in total.
So en:WP had
4.7 times the number of edits,
3.2 times the number of 100+ editors,
5.0 times the number of 5+ editors,
8.2 times the number of new editors.
6.3 times the number of Wikipedians in total.
Flagged revisions significantly reduce the incentive to vandalise or make
nonsense edits, as they are not visible to the public.
Flagged revisions also reduce the incentive to make productive edits.
English Wikipedia sees a lot more bot edits. (This includes Cluebot vandal
reverts which in de:WP would simply be rejected edits, with the rejection
not counting as a separate edit. If every rejection of vandalism in de:WP
were counted as an edit, the German edit count would be somewhat higher.)
en:WP has proportionally more new editors than de:WP.
On the other hand:
In de:WP, 0.9% of all Wikipedians made more than 100 edits in March.
In en:WP, 0.45% of all Wikipedians made more than 100 edits in March.
This seems to indicate
- faster pick-up of new editors in en:WP
- faster burn-out of established editors in en:WP.
Editor retention, in the sense of the proportion of all editors who stayed
on to make at least 100 edits in March 2012, is twice as high in de:WP as
in en:WP. (Both projects started in 2001.)
It's also interesting that the size of the core editor group (100+ edits a
month) has basically remained constant in de:WP, at around 1,000, since
In en:WP, editors with 100+ edits per month briefly surpassed 5,000 in
early 2007, and are now down to below 3,500.
Number of articles: 1.4M in de:WP, 4.0M in en:WP (ratio 1/2.86). en:WP has
slightly more core editors per article than de:WP.