On the English language Wikipedia we definitely have a phenomenon that editors 
with high edit counts will stay until a major event drives them away.

But the the threshold may not be 38,000 edits, we have 1,444 editor accounts 
that have achieved that, and that may no longer be enough to commit you to the 
site.

The 14 editors with 500,000 or more edits are all currently active, some are 
still among the most active editors on the site. Though the active definition 
on [[:en:WP:EDITS]] is merely one or more edits in the last 30 days.

Of the 215 most active editors, 32 are inactive for various reasons and 7 have 
anonymised themselves on the list of most active editors (though they may be 
active). So 80-85% of our most active editors are still around. Possibly more 
when you allow for the fact that at least one of those 32 has closed that 
account and now edits from another one.

Sadly our admins have not been so likely to stay with us, only 579 are still 
active as admins, though of the 1500 or so former admins quite a few still edit.

Of course the length of tenure for both groups is likely to be unusual. The 
vast majority of en wiki admins were appointed more than 7 years ago and it 
takes time to accumulate a really high edit count. Though we have fewer editors 
with over 100,000 edits than we have active admins, at current rates that will 
change in 2016, in recent months we are seeing more editors  do their 100,000th 
edit than become admins. I suspect one of our problems is that we have fewer 
ways for newish editors to feel they have become an established member of the 
community. To some extent GLAM, the chapters and the education program do this, 
and of course the good and Featured article processes. But we shouldn't be 
surprised that fewer people are staying on after their 100th or 1000th edit, as 
that is the stage in their wiki career where they are likely to think that they 
will never become a full member of the community.

Regards

Jonathan/WereSpielChequers


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> On svwp there has over the years been 45 individuals who have each made 
> more then 38000 edits.
> Of these 45, 44 are still active, only one has  left (in 2009) making 
> 97,7 still around. For the users with less then 38 000 edits, only about 
> 6 out of 10 is still active.
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> Is this a global valid number, that when you have made 38000 edits you 
> are fully addicted to Wikipedia ("until death do us part")?
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> Hoi,
> I hope not.. If it were I am a basket case. Hmmm not Wikipedia ... does
> Wikidata count ? What number of edits would be sufficient ??
> Thanks,
>     GerardM
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> On 4 March 2015 at 17:44, Anders Wennersten <m...@anderswennersten.se>
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>> On svwp there has over the years been 45 individuals who have each made
>> more then 38000 edits.
>> Of these 45, 44 are still active, only one has  left (in 2009) making 97,7
>> still around. For the users with less then 38 000 edits, only about 6 out
>> of 10 is still active.
>> 
>> Is this a global valid number, that when you have made 38000 edits you are
>> fully addicted to Wikipedia ("until death do us part")?
>> 
>> 
>> Anders
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> Il 04/03/2015 17:44, Anders Wennersten ha scritto:
>> On svwp there has over the years been 45 individuals who have each 
>> made more then 38000 edits.
>> Of these 45, 44 are still active, only one has  left (in 2009) making 
>> 97,7 still around. For the users with less then 38 000 edits, only 
>> about 6 out of 10 is still active.
>> 
>> Is this a global valid number, that when you have made 38000 edits you 
>> are fully addicted to Wikipedia ("until death do us part")?
>> 
>> 
>> Anders
> I've just exceeded 38000 global edits 
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Ricordisamoa>. I'm 
> done for!
> 
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