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Wikistats’ days will be over soon. Long live Wikistats 2.0!

(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 … Continue reading

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Active editor trends as year-over-year changes

For many years I publish active editors trends for all Wikimedia wikis, see e.g. these summaries. Here I’d like to present these same editor trends in a slighty different way, which may help to show there is some cause for … Continue reading

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Wiki Loves Africa 2014 – Celebrating African Cuisine

The first Wiki Loves Africa media contest was held in 2014, October and November. People could contribute with photos, videos and interviews. There was a great response in many countries all over Africa, with overall 873 unique contributors. Soon there … Continue reading

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WikiProject Medicine Translation Task Force

At Wikimania 2014 James Heilman – Canadian emergency room physician – gave a presentation on Wikipedia and Medicine . He explained how leading non-profit health organizations like the Cochrane Collaboration, Cancer Research UK and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) help … Continue reading

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Setting the standard for a new unit of measurement can be tedious and even hazardous

A small essay for your amusement: I am reading a book about how some of today’s most fundamental units of measurement were defined and calibrated. The more precision one requires, the harder a measurement becomes (this was an known adagium even … Continue reading

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Isotype diagrams are now easier to build on Wikipedia

Did you ever study a table with many large numbers, where the moment you put it away you realized nothing from what you just saw had stuck? I guess most of us suffer from this handicap that large numbers are … Continue reading

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Traffic to Wikipedia’s mobile site is growing fast

Since 2008 WMF count monthly page views for the non-mobile site. Since June 2010 also for the mobile site. From the respective monthly totals we can calculate which share of the traffic goes to the mobile site. Evidently this share … Continue reading

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Reassessment of active editors

Yesterday I discovered a bug in wikistats which affects our editor counts for the last 2 years. Wikistats does flag users as ‘anonymous’ based on pattern recognition, rather than relying on the <ip> tag. Reason: many anons with other pattern … Continue reading

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Full archive dumps are being processed again, first since 2010

There is not Wikistats issue for which I received more mails than this: since 2010 some metrics on article content were no longer updated: word count, articles above 200 chars, mean size in bytes, percentage above 0.5 or 2 Kb, database … Continue reading

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Wikimedia editor trends broken down by project

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 … Continue reading

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