MZMcBride, I agree with you, but let me split out one thing: On 20 August 2014 04:09, MZMcBride wrote: > the one complaint I _never_ hear is that > Wikipedia has a readership problem.
Then you'll hear it from me. First, let's make one thing clear: the reader doesn't exist; it's just a rhetorical trick, and a very dangerous one. For more: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Stupidity_of_the_reader Page views, however brute a concept, exist; and I think they're telling us we do have a readership problem. For it.wiki, in the last year I see a suspiciously similar decrease in desktop pageviews and editing activity (possibly around –20 %). It would *seem* that every user converted to the mobile site is a step towards extinction of the wiki. Long story: <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:The_sudden_decline_of_Italian_Wikipedia> The page above is just a collection of pointers that I probably won't be able to pursue in the coming months, to study an unprecedented collapse of editing activity and active editors on it.wiki. However, there /are/ several things worth looking into and we do have a huge problem (or several). Can anything be done about it? I don't know. In its brief history, WMF software development has always been irrelevant for the increase of editing activity and reach. Let's hope for a counterexample. Nemo P.s.: Yes, this message is focused on one small thing only. That's just about what we are/were already doing, while most opportunities lie in what we're not doing, see the sister projects and [[strategy:List of things that need to be free]]; we like to think otherwise, but our free culture projects are still very marginal. _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>