Since a few years we present monthly deduplicated totals for active and very active editors. Deduplicated meaning: every editor only counts once, regardless of number of wikis edited. We never collected similar trends on a per project basis. So to make up for this, last week I ran some special iterations of Wikistats to collect active editors trends per project.
I want to share with you four charts, as they were presented at today’s Metrics Meeting. There will be a follow-up study, but here are a few quick observations:
1) First chart is the big picture,
- where English editor community is still somewhat shrinking (but most of that happened earlier)
- where all non-English Wikipedias combined are fairly stable
- where non-Wikipedias combined show significant growth especially in 2013
2) Second chart focuses on two largest non Wikipedia projects: Commons and new project Wikidata (together these make up most of the orange line in first chart).
Note how the large peaks in Commons editorship in September are result of hugely successful Wiki Loves Monuments contests
3) Third chart shows smaller Wikimedia projects which are stable or growing
4) Fourth chart shows smaller projects which are slightly or significantly shrinking
Thanks to Dario Taraborelli for inquiring about these metrics. He and I will look into this further, possibly checking correlation with page view trends.