Wikipedia:Tip of the day/October 3, 2008

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Editcountitis

Editcountitis is the mistaken belief that a Wikipedian's overall contribution level can be measured solely by their edit count. This is a phenomenon which some think may be harmful to processes such as requests for adminship, as well as to the Wikipedia community in itself.

The problems with using edit counts to measure relative level of experience are that it does not take into account a user's edit history prior to registering an account (posting anonymously), and that major and minor edits are counted equally, regardless of whether the edit is a typo fix or the creation of a full article. And edit counts give no consideration to the quality of the edits counted.

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