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

Anders Wennersten mail at anderswennersten.se
Sun Jun 16 13:32:09 UTC 2013

I meant we should give credit to the extremely clever PEOPLE behind the 
bots. And stop handling proper bot generated article as second class. 
Their data is actually better verified then most of the others

And what we find is that the bots cannot  build knowledge (which is our 
aim) without the existence of very sound "ground" articles. What is the 
value of a botgenereted lake article if the adm area it lies in is missing?

And in Swedish Wikipedia the botgenerated articles has meant a boom to 
the community morale. To work with an article of  a place or  adm area 
feels much better when it is used by and using the botgerneted lake article

Is it a coincidence that we now see the growth of these competent 
botgenerated article in nl:wp, sv.wp and it:wp? Not the top five but 
very alert and half big communities.  (next one seems to be Catalan and 

There exist a world outside the big ones, where we are eager to learn 
from each other and make good progress in our common goal, free 
knowledge to all!


Ilario Valdelli skrev 2013-06-16 15:12:
> 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.
> Regards
> On 16.06.2013 13:30, Anders Wennersten wrote:
>> Yesterday sv:wp reached 1 M articles. The one who did the passing was 
>> a bot generated article of a butterfly 
>> http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erysichton_elaborata.
>> The bot behind this article is Lsjbot who creates articles from the 
>> database  Catalogue of Life 
>> http://www.catalogueoflife.org/services/res/2011AC_26July.zip which  
>> (complemented by other databases) which holds data of around 1.5 
>> million species. The bot genrates about 5000 new articles per day and 
>> has generated just under 400 000 of the sv:wps million and continues...
>> The guy who runs he bot is a member of the Swedish chapters board 
>> http://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kandidater_2013/Sverker_Johansson and is 
>> in his civil life a University teacher. In this capacity he is also a 
>> guest lecturer at the university of the Phillipines where he stayed 
>> the last couple of months (and the bot was on hold). He is there 
>> active in Cebuano-Wikipedia http://ceb.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unang_Panid 
>> and supporting their local community, and he is now running his bot 
>> on their wikipedia as well as on the Warai-Warai Wikipedia 
>> http://war.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syahan_nga_Pakli. So perhaps at the end 
>> of the year these two language versions will also pass the 1 million 
>> mark!
>> Anders
>> PS out other major botgenerating effort of all lakes in Sweden is 
>> also making very nice progress, done 25% of all DS
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