Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Another insightful study
(I found this through Dragon's flight's announcement on the Wikimedia Foundation mailing list. The resulting thread is also worth a read.)
Although some might disagree with this observation, I find this is evidence against my theory that the slowing rate of new article creation is due to a lack of "low-hanging fruit", instead the slowing rate is due to limits on the number of people joining the English-language Wikipedia: the community is reaching its limit of members. There are just so many people in the world who would consider writing encyclopedia articles as "fun." Another thing to consider, is that as non-English Wikipedias gain viability people for whom English is a second language are more likely either to leave the English Wikipedia for the one in their native language, or never to contribute in the first place.
October is producing a bumper crop of studies and facts to chew on, and it's not even half over.
Technocrati tags: Online communities, Outreach, Statistics, Wikis, wikipedia
It's encouraging that article creation rate has pretty much held steady since the big drop last September...especially considering that edit rates have been declining.
I wish we could see the Reid, et. al. analysis brought forward through September 2007, especially the vandalism/revert analysis. It could be that vandalism isn't as fun as it used to be.
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