Wikipedia:Analyzing edit counts
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This essay describes the use of edit-counter statistics, in determining a user's activity when editing various pages in Wikipedia.
Getting edit-counts from History-tab
The Wikipedia special page to list a user's contributions, Special:Contributions, can be used to estimate the total number of edits made by a particular user, via option "limit=5000".
Once the first page of contributions-list is displayed, then click on "older 5,000" to list the previous page of edits, as the next older 5001-10,000 entries:
- (latest | earliest) View (newer 5,000 | older 5,000) (20 | 50 | 100 | 250 | 500)
Repeat clicking on "older 5,000" to access the next, successive page of 5000 edits logged (clicking 3 times will list up to 20,000-25,000 edits), after the first page of 5000 edits has been displayed. If limit is specified higher than limit=5000, then it will ignore the higher number and still display only 5000 entries (as of August 2010).
Typically, clicking just twice (on "older 5,000") is sufficient to identify a user as experienced: someone having more than 15,000 total edits is a good indicator of being an experienced editor. Combine that count, with the date from clicking the "earliest" edits, by that user, to get a better idea of a user's edit-history.
Unreliable tools to show edit-count
There are some database-analysis tools which will count the previous-edits, while also listing some of the most-edited pages, however such tools are unreliable and might not be functioning, when needed. In particular, the Soxred93 tools.
Anyway, feel free to use Special:Contributions, which have been more reliable, to determine a user's history of editing pages on Wikipedia.
Some users create a user-name account, but often leave it unused for months at a time, and hence, their edit-counts will be lower due to such intermittent activity.
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