(tl;dr)Vote on Wikistats reports you want to see migrated
Dear Wikistats users,
With a mixture of melancholy and relief, I announce my withdrawal from the Wikistats project at the end of this summer, thirteen years after I started it. I will continue doing other stats work for WMF.
Wikistats has been a labor of love, and was built in close cooperation with the Wikimedia community. There are aspects of Wikistats in which I still take pride: equal treatment of all projects, some level of multi language support, all dump based metrics available for all years since 2001, to name a few. Other aspects were less to like, even grew from a nuisance into a pain over the years: the scripts are monolithic, and really hard to maintain, even for me, as they grew increasingly complex, and with hardly any documentation. I’ve never made a secret of those deficiencies. Being the sole maintainer for many years, besides doing other stats work, for me to rewrite Wikistats and make it future proof was simply out of the question. Over the last half year the WMF Analytics Team migrated the data feed for Wikistats traffic reports to hadoop, and built some awesome new reports. Other reports were upgraded. In the coming months my colleagues will focus on replacing a selection of the remaining Wikistats reports, priority yet to be decided, based on your feedback. Of course the Wikistats scripts will still be available for reuse on other projects, but I have recommended against investing in their maintenance at WMF. That might have been the better choice years ago, but we passed that point.
Half a year ago I asked your input to a survey on which traffic reports should be migrated first. Now I want to ask you: which Wikistats content and activity reports (aka dump reports) would you want to see continued in a new form (probably with more awesome improvements)?
Please visit this new survey which contains a list of available reports, and state your preferences.