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

Nikola Smolenski smolensk at eunet.rs
Mon Jun 17 10:36:46 UTC 2013

On 16/06/13 15:24, Johan J├Ânsson wrote:
> 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.

I am again using the opportunity to remind that all of this will soon be 
completely unnecessary since it should be possible to generate the 
articles on the fly from Wikidata data.

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