[Wikimedia-l] Swedish Wikipedia reach 1 million (with support of bots)

Johan Jönsson brevlistor at gmail.com
Sun Jun 16 13:24:12 UTC 2013

2013/6/16 Ilario Valdelli <valdelli at gmail.com>

> I think that Anders is saying that the result of Wikimedia Swedish is due
> to a work of bots and to a work of people.
> It means that this result is contrary to the WMF strategy which would have
> more people and more contributors.
> The next millions of articles will be reached by Polish Wikipedia but also
> by cebuan Wikipedia and by Warai-Warai Wikipedia.
> May be it's the time to have only bots to write in Wikipedia? I hope that
> in future the number of articles will be counted considering at least a
> small content ad not only a template in a page, because the use like this
> will discourage the communities of editors.

I would say our experience is that it doesn't affect the number of human
editors at all in any way. A couple of people run bots that create very
short articles about taxons or other stuff that, to be honest, probably
wouldn't have been created otherwise. These articles have very few readers.
Why on Earth would this discourage us?

Our main problem is that browsing Swedish Wikipedia using the "random
article" button isn't as fun as it used to be. That's probably fixable.

//Johan Jönsson

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