[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.



More information about the Wikimedia-l mailing list