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From jan iversen <>
Subject Re: Estimating contributors by looking at wiki accounts?
Date Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:38:39 GMT
I think your idea of filtering out account that actually contributed is a
wise thing, especially because our product has many end-users that want to
be informed but do not contribute.

As a developer I do not care, but thinking of some of the ongoing
discussions in other forums (like: nearly nobody contributes to AOO anymore
because Apache rules makes it far to difficult and restrictive), makes it
worth while to publish a figure on our web, especially a figure saying e.g.
"during the last year we had xxx active contributors and xx active


On 19 October 2012 17:28, Rob Weir <> wrote:

> I recently saw another open source project claim that they had over
> 3000 contributors.  They derived this estimate by looking at the
> number of user accounts they had in their wiki.
> That is quite clever, I thought.  Since we use the same wiki software,
> I thought I'd check this metric for us.  Our wiki says we have over
> 58,000 user accounts.
> I know we're doing well, but would it really make sense to claim that
> we have over 58,000 contributors?  I don't think so.
> I suppose we could look only at accounts where the person has actually
> contributed edits, or even recent edits. (MediaWiki is a well-known
> target of registration spam).  Although the other project did not seem
> to filter out inactive or unused accounts, I think the metrics are
> meaningless unless we do that.
> What do you think?  Or do we even care?
> -Rob

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