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

Matthew Roth mroth at wikimedia.org
Mon Jun 17 18:36:35 UTC 2013


We just published a blog post from Lennart Guldbransson on the Wikimedia
blog about this milestone:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/06/17/swedish-wikipedia-1-million-articles/


On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 7:12 AM, Ilario Valdelli <valdelli at gmail.com> wrote:

> The use of wikidata instead of a bot is a good practice to provude good
> contant to all wikipedias because larger communities can control and fix
> errors instead of providing content by a bot and keep it outdated.
> Il giorno 17/giu/2013 15:53, "Gerard Meijssen" <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com>
> ha scritto:
>
> > Hoi,
> >
> > Please consider .... there are over 280 Wikipedias in as many languages.
> In
> > many languages we have few articles. Providing information is our
> mission.
> > We aim to provide well written articles. The argument is that we do not
> > succeed at that. Actually it is not an argument, it is a fact. When the
> > Germans feel they do not need bot generated articles, more power to them,
> > when they assume that their example is to be copied I truly wonder if
> they
> > understand the lack of resources in so many languages.
> >
> > It is fairly easy to find articles that are considered relevant to a
> > sizable group of the German populace that are missing.. I am working
> > towards providing this information by using Wikidata. The best part (for
> > the Germans) is that I urge them to make sure that these articles exist
> and
> > are well written .. in German.
> > Thanks,
> >      GerardM
> >
> > PS I blogged about how this can be done several times in the past
> >
> >
> > On 17 June 2013 15:43, Dimce Grozdanoski <dimce.grozdanoski at gmail.com
> > >wrote:
> >
> > > On 17.06.2013 12:36, Nikola Smolenski wrote:
> > >
> > >> 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.
> > >>
> > >>  you mean to generate on the fly only articles of this kind, not any
> > > article.
> > >
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