This page in a nutshell: Anyone can edit Wikipedia and become a Wikipedian!
There are currently 42,228,836 Wikipedia accounts, of which 124,737 are actively editing.
Wikipedia is in the palm of your hand—all you need to do is edit an article.
Number of editors
English Wikipedia editors with >100 edits per month
13 / 100
13% of editors are under 17.
14 / 100
14% are in the group 18–21.
28 / 100
28% editors are aged 40+.
59 / 100
59% of the editors are aged 17 to 40.
66 / 100
66% of editors said that their primary activity is to edit existing articles.
42 / 100
42% said it was researching articles.
28 / 100
28% said it was creating new articles.
23 / 100
23% said that they do mostly patrolling work.
22 / 100
22% participate primarily in discussions.
17 / 100
17% mainly upload media.
71 / 100
71% of the editors contribute because they like the idea of volunteering to share knowledge.
69 / 100
69% believe that information should be freely available.
63 / 100
63% pointed out that contributing is fun.
7 / 100
Only 7% edit Wikipedia for professional reasons.
As of February 2015, when about 12,000 editors were eligible to vote in the Wikimedia Stewards Elections
, their eligibility was based on their English Wikipedia edit count. It applied to those who had an edit count of at least 600 overall and 50 since August 2014. This was about one-quarter of the number of Wikipedians who had 600 edits overall. (See the Talk
page for details.)
Some user groups (such as stewards) act globally and thus they do not get local flags and local rights.
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. Please help update this Wikipedia page to reflect recent events or newly available information. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page
(United Nations University-Merit) completed a survey in 2010 of Wikipedia users, including both contributors (registered and unregistered) and readers.
176,192 people chose to participate, approximately 58,000 of whom were contributors to Wikipedia. Many of the findings were reported as an aggregate and were not separated by user type. Only the statistics relevant to Wikipedians are presented. In 2011, the WMF (Wikimedia Foundation) presented a questionnaire to logged-in Wikipedia editors (does not include unregistered Wikipedians) to gain a better understanding of the demographics, perceptions and motivations of Wikipedians.
Over 5,000 people responded to the survey. Here are the results of both surveys:
UNN-Merit reported the average age of contributors at 26.14 years, but did not provide a greater breakdown of age by user type.
Editors by education completed
WMF reported 43% of respondents are currently enrolled in school or post-secondary education.
According to the WMF findings, the top three countries where Wikipedia contributors reside are the United States (20%), Germany (12%), and Russia (7%). The primary language of Wikipedia contributors is English (52%) followed by German (18%) with Russian and Spanish coming in third at 10% each. The UNN-Merit study did not breakdown language and country of residence in terms of type of participation with Wikipedia.
According to UNU-Merit, 87 percent of Wikipedians are men and 13 percent are women.
According to the 2011 WMF survey, although the percentage of female editors continues to increase, ninety percent of Wikipedians are male, nine percent female, and one percent transgender/transsexual.
The significant under-representation of women results in persistently unbalanced coverage (e.g. articles related to football are much more developed than articles related to motherhood[dubious – discuss]
) in Wikipedia.
Experienced female editors can be very successful—they are more likely to become administrators than men—but as new editors, their good-faith contributions are more likely to be reverted than good-faith contributions by a man.
Researchers have begun to identify key personality traits in Wikipedians. According to a study published in 2008, Wikipedia members are more likely than non-members to locate their "real me" online—that is, to feel more comfortable expressing their "real" selves online than off.
This corresponds with more general findings that Internet communities tend to attract users who are introverted offline but more able to open up and feel empowered on the Web.
A gender difference was found in terms of extroversion: whereas female Wikipedia members were on average more introverted than female non-members, male members were just as extroverted as males in the control group.
Motivations for contributing
In November 2007, the most commonly indicated motives were "fun", "ideology", and "values", whereas the least frequently indicated motives were "career", "social", and "protective" (as in "reducing guilt over personal privilege").
One could argue that "Wikipedist" would be a more appropriate name, as an encyclopedist
is someone who contributes to an encyclopedia
, though, suggests being part of a group, community or demonym
(a resident of a locality). So in this sense, Wikipedians are people who form the Wikipedia Community
. The term "Wikimedian" is also widely used to include contributors to all the projects supported by the Wikimedia Foundation
Wikipedians who contribute mainly by writing and editing the contents of Wikipedia, without interacting much on Talk
pages, are sometimes called exopedians
, whereas those who spend significant time on such community interactions are contrasted as metapedians
. A multitude of views and other contribution characteristics are represented well by common Wikipedia-related userboxes
- ^ "Wikipedia Statistics (English)". stats.wikimedia.org.
- ^ This number is dynamically updated with the magic word NUMBEROFUSERS
- ^ This number is dynamically updated with the magic word NUMBEROFACTIVEUSERS
- ^ These numbers are dynamically updated with the magic word NUMBERINGROUP:groupname
- ^ Although there are two co-founders, Jimbo Wales is the only member of this group.
- ^ a b c Glott, Ruediger; Schmidt, Phillipp; Ghosh, Rishab (March 2010). "Wikipedia Survey—Overview of Results" (PDF). Wikipedia Study. UNU-MERIT. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011.
- ^ a b c d "Wikipedia Editor Study: Results From the Editor Survey, April 2011" (PDF). Wikimedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
- ^ Lam, S. K.; Uduwage, A.; Dong, Z.; Sen, S.; Musicant, D. R.; Terveen, L.; Riedl, J. (October 2011). "WP:Clubhouse? An Exploration of Wikipedia's Gender Imbalance". WikiSym. ACM. pp. 1–10. doi:10.1145/2038558.2038560. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011.
- ^ Amichai-Hamburger, Y.; Lamdan, Naama; Madiel, Rinat; Hayat, Tsahi (November 2008). "Personality Characteristics of Wikipedia Members". CyberPsychology & Behavior. 11 (6): 679–81. doi:10.1089/cpb.2007.0225. PMID 18954273.
- ^ Amichai-Hamburger, Y.; Wainapel, G.; Fox, S. (May 2002). "On the Internet no one knows I'm an introvert: extroversion, neuroticism and Internet interaction". CyberPsychology & Behavior. 5 (2): 125–128. doi:10.1089/109493102753770507. PMID 12025878.
- ^ Amichai-Hamburger, Y.; McKenna, K.; Tal, S. (September 2008). "E-empowerment: Empowerment by the Internet". Computers in Human Behavior. 24 (5): 1776–1789. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2008.02.002.
- ^ Nov, Oded (November 2007). "What Motivates Wikipedians?" (PDF). Communications of the ACM. 50 (11): 60–64. doi:10.1145/1297797.1297798. Archived(PDF) from the original on 23 April 2012.
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