> There's a couple of estimates on:
> though they look a little dated.
> Alternatively, users by country is reasonably well estimated, I think,
> and you could try estimating based on languages from that.
I do agree that numbers of editors per million internet users (not internet
connections, see below) would be an important metric. It would also be more
within our sphere of influence than the current participation metric (but
not closer to the ultimate goal that we strive for, as advocated by our
mission statement). However it seems to me that today lots of practicalities
stand in the way to make this a dependable metric.
Can I first try to explain my point by analogy? On road signs and maps the
most used metric by far is distance in miles or kilometers. For planning a
car ride it would be more useful to know average travel times, taking into
account number of traffic lights (for city trips) and current traffic
congestion (and if that is not known: time of the day, day of the week, and
average traffic densities on this route) etc. In fact electronic travel
planners can do this, using super precise electronic maps and even a real
time data feeds about changing conditions. Several years ago when this was
not possible pure distances by main routes were an incomplete, sometimes
hard to interpret, but despite shortcomings unambiguous and trustable piece
IMHO the same applies to participation stats: given the current level of
available information we better use a metric that is not ideal, not
extremely sophisticated, but reasonably solid, even when there is serious
interpretation needed to put it to effect.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Internet_usage has two tables:
The first is outdated, 5 years count for a lot in web stats, especially in
parts of world where internet connectivity is sharply on the rise. (BTW it
mentions for Chinese speakers 874 million instead of 1.3 billion). The
second only mentions 10 languages where we need information for 280
I am not saying proper and sufficient data are not available, but frankly
despite serious attempts I have not found it online and publicly available.
Most connectivity stats are per country, not per language. One would also
need good stats on distribution of languages per country, assume equal
distribution of connectivity over language groups (in many countries,
language spoken and social-economic status are not independent). For parts
of the world where census data are less dependable or outdated this would
put estimation error on estimation error.
Another complication is that e.g. in China and large parts of Africa (and
India?) most web activities happen in internet cafes and on other shared
computers. In those countries the number of accounts, and the number of web
connected people can differ dramatically (even in western countries there is
no simple relation, many people have access to several computers, at home
and at work). Also should we factor in broadband vs modem connections? How
much can a person contribute on 10-20 seconds response times?
So, in short, yes I see the limitations of the new metric, but it does draw
attention to a significant part of the story of where we are in relation to
our mission statement. And hopefully we can build on this and refine our
metrics when global, dependable, up to date and non skewed data for internet
usage per language become available.
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It seems that I've gotten complaints that both sets of office hours
times are difficult for Europeans. However, in the interest of having
the broadest participation possible, I'm interested to know how people
feel about one of the following:
1) Have the Friday office hours one hour earlier (from 21:30-22:30 UTC)
2) Have the Thursday office hours one hour later (from 17:00-18:00 UTC)
3) Keep two sets of office hours the same, we cannot please everyone
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In a message dated 9/27/2009 1:29:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> I have a reproduction of Rembrandt's "Toby and Anna" whilst that
> doesn't give the producer of the reproduction the right to stop me
> making copies from it, it also doesn't give me or you some bizarre right
> to demand digital files from the producer.>>
Are we demanding? Or are we just taking without permission?