About Wikipedia ‘edits’

About Wikipedia ‘edits’: (from a Wikimania session on “Contribution patterns among active Wikipedians,” some statistics presented by Wikipedian and graduate student, Seth Anthony):

As of this morning, the English version of Wikipedia has:

  • 1.3 million articles

  • 500 million words
  • 1.9 million registered accounts
  • 38,000 ‘editors’ who have made more than 5 edits
  • 70 million edits
  • Analyzing a sampling of 250 edits made in June, Seth discovered the edits were for the following reasons (partial list):

  • Creation of new articles: 2%
  • Substantive changes or adding additional information: 10%
  • Tweaking grammar or style: 45%
  • Vandalism: 5%
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