I meant we should give credit to the extremely clever PEOPLE behind the
bots. And stop handling proper bot generated article as second class.
Their data is actually better verified then most of the others
And what we find is that the bots cannot build knowledge (which is our
aim) without the existence of very sound "ground" articles. What is the
value of a botgenereted lake article if the adm area it lies in is missing?
And in Swedish Wikipedia the botgenerated articles has meant a boom to
the community morale. To work with an article of a place or adm area
feels much better when it is used by and using the botgerneted lake article
Is it a coincidence that we now see the growth of these competent
botgenerated article in nl:wp, sv.wp and it:wp? Not the top five but
very alert and half big communities. (next one seems to be Catalan and
There exist a world outside the big ones, where we are eager to learn
from each other and make good progress in our common goal, free
knowledge to all!
Ilario Valdelli skrev 2013-06-16 15:12:
I think that Anders is saying that the result of Wikimedia Swedish is
due to a work of bots and to a work of people.
It means that this result is contrary to the WMF strategy which would
have more people and more contributors.
The next millions of articles will be reached by Polish Wikipedia but
also by cebuan Wikipedia and by Warai-Warai Wikipedia.
May be it's the time to have only bots to write in Wikipedia? I hope
that in future the number of articles will be counted considering at
least a small content ad not only a template in a page, because the
use like this will discourage the communities of editors.
On 16.06.2013 13:30, Anders Wennersten wrote:
Yesterday sv:wp reached 1 M articles. The one who did the passing was
a bot generated article of a butterfly
The bot behind this article is Lsjbot who creates articles from the
database Catalogue of Life
(complemented by other databases) which holds data of around 1.5
million species. The bot genrates about 5000 new articles per day and
has generated just under 400 000 of the sv:wps million and continues...
The guy who runs he bot is a member of the Swedish chapters board
http://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kandidater_2013/Sverker_Johansson and is
in his civil life a University teacher. In this capacity he is also a
guest lecturer at the university of the Phillipines where he stayed
the last couple of months (and the bot was on hold). He is there
active in Cebuano-Wikipedia http://ceb.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unang_Panid
and supporting their local community, and he is now running his bot
on their wikipedia as well as on the Warai-Warai Wikipedia
http://war.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syahan_nga_Pakli. So perhaps at the end
of the year these two language versions will also pass the 1 million
PS out other major botgenerating effort of all lakes in Sweden is
also making very nice progress, done 25% of all DS
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