[WikiEN-l] Editors, who are not editors

Oskar Sigvardsson oskarsigvardsson at gmail.com
Sun Oct 22 23:21:44 UTC 2006

On 10/22/06, Peter Ansell <ansell.peter at gmail.com> wrote:
> According to a contribution history from
> http://tools.wikimedia.de/~interiot/cgi-bin/Tool1/wannabe_kate , they
> do not have any pages in Main space with over 10 edits, 9,7,7 are the
> top three. I am wondering why they are here, then I look at Wikipedia
> space and the highest page has 407, followed by 382, 326.

Those kind of stats, without anything else, doesn't necessarily mean
much. If you're a person that do alot of RC-patrol and/or other
gnomish activites, you don't usually get that many edits per article.
Also, many people do substantial improvements in just one edit (I tend
to do that, and thus I have similar numbers). These situations are not
uncommon. I know a number users who have improved a thousands of
articles with just one edit. Many people edit that way. My point is
that you need to look at fuller picture of an editors activites before
you can judge him.

As some other people have pointed out, if this editor did substantial
work before his latest 500 edits, even if that work was just cleanup
or RC-patrol and such, he has earned his position in the community.
And with that, his rights to influence policy.

Again, I can't really say whether this is the case here. I'm just
saying, numbers can be decieving.


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