[WikiEN-l] Fwd: EN:WP: One Meeeeellion Articles... and accounts

SJ 2.718281828 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 21:30:40 UTC 2006

for some definition of "article", we're approaching 1E6 .
And we seem to have broken 1E6 user accounts today.

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From: SJ <2.718281828 at gmail.com>
Date: Feb 28, 2006 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] EN:WP: One Meeeeellion Articles
To: wikipedia-l at wikimedia.org

We could at least link to an FAQ about the counting method, and what it means.
It's certainly not meaning*less*, but does allow for confusion.

On a tangent, while naming a "millionth" article might not be terribly
meaningful, having some regular WP zeitgeist -- every hundredth edit,
every tenth article created and deleted (by namespace)  -- could be
quite useful.

Also, today may be the last day to enter the 2-million article pool.


On 2/28/06, The Cunctator <cunctator at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/27/06, SJ <2.718281828 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> > The English Wikipedia is approaching its millionth article this week.
> > A tidy milestone.
> > We are working on a press release for the event:
> >   http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/PR/1M-en
> >
> > If you are interested in helping identify the millionth article,
> > please leave a note on the talk page.
> Wouldn't it be nice if our press release talks about how meaningless
> this statistic is, and notes, for example, how the patent office
> recently cheated in its identification of the 7 millionth patent?
> Or we could just keep on encouraging innumeracy to get the cute little CNN spot.
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