[Foundation-l] How to improve quality of Wikipedia?

Federico Leva (Nemo) nemowiki at gmail.com
Sun Oct 10 17:45:15 UTC 2010

Przykuta, 10/10/2010 19:17:
>  Old talk pages with solved problems are deleted. 

This is extremely strange. Talk pages are part of the article history.
Ortega's thesis should be updated, perhaps.
«The combination of a very active cohort of bots, together
with the very low ratio of talk pages, indicates that the Polish 
language version is not following the
same organizational pattern found in other language editions. Such a low 
ratio of talk pages points out
the little effort undertaken on coordination actions and discussion 
about article contents in the Polish
(http://libresoft.es/Members/jfelipe/phd-thesis , p. 91)

> Talk pages of dynamic IP are deleted too (we wait ~6 months and delete them by bot). I don't know - is it standard behavior in other Wikiepdias or specific for pl.

This isn't very relevant. On it.wiki they used to be deleted by 
(unapproved) bots (run under sysop accounts); since some years they're 
just replaced with a "welcome IP" template every month if they're more 
than a month old.

>> * Finally, Polish Wikipedia has fewer active users than any of the
>> next three "smaller" Wikipedias - Italian, Japanese and Spanish -
>> which might be significant here. Fewer users talk less, so there's
>> fewer "natural" discussion pages.
> True - we have only ~300 very active users. We rather use main. One of the most often used slogan is "we work here, not talk". Many times we spend in "flagged revisions" - so, we are sure, that 90% are free of vandalism.

This is very important. The real question is: how can pl.wiki be so big 
(and useful, looking at pageviews) with such a little editor base? Seems 
a good result.


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