User talk:West.andrew.g/Popular redlinks

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STICKY: WMF now reporting mobile/zero pageviews[edit]

Just one month ago I took to many of these same talk pages to explain that WMF statistics were under-reporting per article views by approximately 1/3, because mobile traffic was not being included in those totals. Further details were included in a Signpost article. I'd like to commend the wMF for quickly rectifying that situation, as files including mobile and wp-zero traffic are now available. The Wikipedia Zero project currently sees very little traffic, but I'll be including it in all my reports regardless (recall that mobile views were also minor just a few years ago).

You'll notice the WP:5000 and WP:TOPRED now breaks down the (increased) totals into "mobile" and "wp-zero" percentages (the complement being the "desktop" views we had previously). This will be the case from the OCT-14-2014 report onwards. In addition to the higher totals, another immediate benefit is that articles with very low mobile participation are often indicative of bot/misconfigured traffic. Though an intelligent malice spammer can evade this by altering user agent strings, I anticipate this be of great utility moving forward.

I know the WMF has reached out to about updating their user-facing tool. I greatly look forward to having this new data on board, and aside from the fact its going to make year-end aggregation a bit messy, I'm excited to see what we can learn from deeper dives into the data. Thanks, West.andrew.g (talk) 23:47, 9 October 2014 (UTC)


Hello and thank you for producing such a useful tool. I'm wondering whether it's worth creating redirects such as King Edward Vii Land and Garzweiler Surface Mine. Typing these terms into Wikipedia's search box takes me straight to the correctly capitalised article, and there seems to be no such thing as a case-sensitive search engine nowadays. There are no redlinks to them in other articles (though someone may have kindly cleaned them up in the last few hours). Do we have any idea how are people are accessing Wikipedia when they enter these terms and fail to reach the obvious destination? Certes (talk) 11:23, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

@Certes: Clearly the search box performs some kind of normalization. Thus, I'd assume these are direct hard-coded links from elsewhere on the Internet. For such a (seemingly) obscure topic to ascend the red-links list, we might imagine a journalist made an incorrect link in the middle of a popular news article, which got a bunch of clicks before someone fixed the error. I would imagine such erroneous capitalizations appear fairly frequently on the list, but I wouldn't imagine it warrants a redirect unless we see the same articles appearing consistently (but that's not my matter of policy expertise). Thanks, West.andrew.g (talk) 21:06, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

Heir to this?[edit]

Is there another bot that functions like this used to? --Nessie (talk) 03:40, 27 April 2019 (UTC)