[Wikimedia-l] Editor retention (was Re: "Big data" benefits and limitations (relevance: WMF editor engagement, fundraising, and HR practices))

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 15:58:03 UTC 2013

I'm sure there are vast amounts of topics local to India that are poorly
covered, and pointing out that X, Y and Z still have holes is the standard
response to any statement about "low-hanging fruit." But it's standard
because it's easy, not because it meaningfully responds to the original
point - which is that the English Wikipedia's pool of able and interested
contributors is shrinking quite independently of any environmental

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 4 January 2013 15:29, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> >  Most topics that are popular or
> > significant to large groups of English-writing people are already well
> > covered, narrowing the opportunities for those folks (who, let's recall,
> > generally don't have advanced expertise of the type amenable to Wikipedia
> > articles) to contribute.
> So I hear this may not be at all the case, and that editors writing
> about Indian topics complain of excessive trouble getting past US
> editors' notability detectors. This is of course anecdote not numbers,
> but I would suggest not ignoring it.
> - d.
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