[Wikimedia-l] User retention statistics?
Yaroslav M. Blanter
putevod at mccme.ru
Wed Apr 18 18:07:25 UTC 2012
My message is inspired by discussion in this thread
on Englush Wikipedia. Whereas the thread itself is not relevant to this
list, and the points get re-iterated on a regular basis, there were
statements made there which contain quantitative estimates (for instance
that 90% established users who leave do it because they get a new job or
have their external life changed in some other way, and not because of
harassment etc). Most probably these numbers are not really justified,
but then I wanted to know what real numbers are. I am an Rcom member,
but I can not recollect such research being accomplished (I might be
wrong of course). I could not find data easily either (I spent half an
hour because I remembered we had a Community Health initiative group
which somehow evolved into the Movement Roles, but the Movement Roles
pages on Meta do not talk about community health at all, and I could not
even find an appropriate page to ask the question).
After this long introduction, does somebody know / can point out the
answers to the questions:
1. What is the average lifetime of a Wikipedia editor (for instance the
one with at leat 1000 contributions)? I recollect smth about two years,
but I am pretty sure I have never seen any research on this. How does it
depend on the number of contributions?
2. What are the main reasons why these editors stop editing? Is this
correct, for instance, that external reasons are much more important
than internal (on-wiki troubles and wiki-related harassment) reasons?
The same for say those above 10000 edits?
Thanks in advance
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