[Mediawiki-l] Special:Statistics Calculation

Tim Doyle tim at greenscourt.com
Fri Mar 31 14:12:53 UTC 2006

I'm confused about how the Special:Statistics page is being calculated. My
wiki has nearly 5,000 total pages, many of them user-contributed. Here's
what Special:Statistics displays:

	There are 4,786 total pages in the database. This includes "talk"
pages, pages about WRG, minimal "stub" pages, redirects, and others that
probably don't qualify as content pages. Excluding those, there are 26 pages
that are probably legitimate content pages. 

Now I know that there are far more than 26 legitimate pages! I think the
problem here is that most of the user-contributed content pages have been
placed in custom-defined namespaces. This was done to allow 'advanced'
searches on different subject areas, which is not possible if everything is
lumped into the main namespace. Is there any way to get the calculation of
'good' articles to include these custom namespaces?

I am concerned about this under-reporting issue not only because anyone
checking my Statistics page will get an incomplete picture of my wiki, but
also because this calculation is used to rank the largest wikis at
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_wikis, and if based on
incomplete information, this list is not accurate.

Thank you!

Tim Doyle

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