Two different sets of wikistats reports use a slightly different definition
of edit. With one major difference.
The dump based reports (e.g. on articles, editors, etc) count every
revision of a page stored in the database,
for articles which are perceived to be encyclopedic content or content for
For most wikis only namespace 0 is such countable content.
A few wikis have extra namespaces deemed as content, which these are can be
queried via an API call.
From these namespaces formally only pages containing an
internal link are to
be included (but in practice all are, as that info is not
Again with the exception of redirects which are always excluded.
Then Wikistats reports list counts separately for registered users, anons
and other tables on that page
Our traffic reports, based on server logs, count any page submit to any wiki
html page, no matter which namespace.
But the proportion of edits to non encyclopedic content is pretty small, so
no big deal.
Here bots are filtered at all (assuming x+ edits per day signals a bot,
taking few false positives for granted)
Major difference: These scripts do not know about logged-in status of person
(so total edit count is larger).
As these reports look into geo-distribution this is well worth mentioning.
In both occasions only a final submit of an edit is counted, not the opening
of the page in edit mode, or previews.
(also resending response to Rupert to all)
The report you mention is actually to be replaced by a more precise one.
Numbers for that report were based on 1:1000 sampled log.
New reports for edits use 1:1 unsampled log and are hence fully precise.
And numbers are monthly edits.
See for example this quarterly report:
Unrelated: today I saw this nice quiz:
From: Isla Haddow-Flood [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 11:58
To: rupert THURNER; wikimedia-gh(a)lists.wikimedia.org;
wikimediake-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org; wikimediaza; Erik Zachte
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia ZA] page edits per country ...
Thank you for the statistics!
I have often wondered that question and perhaps it is something we should
ask Erik Zachte who collates the stats (and is now ccd in this email).
However, I am also not sure what exactly how to define a real edit (excuse
my naïveté). Does it mean one not created by a bot? Or the length of the
text contributed, or indeed the quality of text. I am not sure how one
measures the difference and if there is a tool for doing so.
Erik, perhaps you could clarify for us?
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From: rupert THURNER <rupert.thurner(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:16:23 +0100
Subject: [Wikimedia ZA] page edits per country ...
here page edits per month and country:
10'000 south Africa
I am wondering how these numbers should be read. How many real edits does it
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