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The West Country Challenge[edit]

If anybody would like to win up to £250 ($330) in August for improving articles on SouthWest England sign up at Wikipedia:WikiProject England/The West Country Challenge. All participants are welcome! Just a bit of fun, there will be three days allocated to each country such as Devon, and Cornwall and something to win daily.♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:03, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

County. Devolution isn't quite that bad yet. Britmax (talk) 13:20, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
Just wait until "Wessexit"! Chuntuk (talk) 13:36, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Defining general readers[edit]

How are general readers defined? Are they rich or poor? Intelligent or broad? Curious or ignorant? I spent my time figuring out who qualify as general readers. So far, I end up more concerned about quality more than about quantity. Still, do readers usually go for the introduction of an article and then shift to another article? Do readers go for statistics? Plot summaries? Are they curious enough to read further after reading the lead? How do I find out who is a general reader without generalizing people? --George Ho (talk) 19:08, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

They are exactly like other people, only more so. Dumuzid (talk) 19:09, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
"How do I find out who is a general reader without generalizing people?" You won't, so don't worry about it. Britmax (talk) 13:18, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
Come to think about it, do general people read Wikipedia always? Frequently? Seldom? How much do they read Wikipedia? If seldom or less, then I don't know why I spent most of my time here in Wikipedia. I felt as if I lost opportunities to socialize in real life. --George Ho (talk) 17:41, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

Can you explain exactly why you are asking this remarkably unfocused question? I can't help but feel that if we understood what actual issue you were trying to address here it might save an awful lot of wasted time. As the question stands there is no way to give a meaningful answer. I'll close it if you can't clarify. Begoontalk 14:38, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

The questions came in two groups. The first group addressed readers, which is to say WP:AUDIENCE for which perhaps survey data can be collected to make estimates of how many fit into various classes. The second group addressed reading behavior, which I suspect can only come from laboratory studies. As for summarizing the hypothetical data by defining one general or typical reader or reading style, umm, why? Jim.henderson (talk) 13:20, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Measuring use of a template that includes a specific website in a field[edit]

Hi all

I would like to know if there is a way to find all the instances of a template that use a particiular website in at least one field. Specifically I want to know how many of the uses of Template:Open-source_attribution have a url that includes in at least one field. Currently this is possible to do by hand but I expect it will be used a lot more in the near future.

Many thanks

John Cummings (talk) 09:45, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

@John Cummings: a bot could quite easily do this by retrieving all the pages listed at Category:Open-source attribution and then using a regex search to check for instances of /unesco\.org/i in {{Open-source attribution}} -- samtar talk or stalk 09:50, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi @Samtar:, thanks very much, how could I get something like this created? --John Cummings (talk) 09:58, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
@John Cummings: gimme a mo, I might be able to run a one-time task - would a page listing all the pages with the instance on be sufficient? -- samtar talk or stalk 10:45, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
@John Cummings: there's a list at User:Samtar/botrun1 which has every page in the category Open-source attribution where the {{Open-source attribution}} template has a mention of within it -- samtar talk or stalk 11:59, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
@Samtar:, wonderful, thanks so much, will this stay updated or is it a manual thing to keep running it? Thanks again --John Cummings (talk) 12:17, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
@John Cummings: it's currently manual, but I can always add it as an additional task once xphois (hopefully) gets its bot approval. Until then just leave me a message when you want it run -- samtar talk or stalk 12:20, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
@Samtar: great, I might ask you maybe once every month or two until the bot gets approved if that is ok? --John Cummings (talk) 12:27, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Fine by me :) -- samtar talk or stalk 12:34, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Looking for feedback on guidance and VE compatible template for importing open license text into Wikipedia[edit]


I've been doing some work on creating guidance and a VE and Source editor compatible template for importing open license text into English Wikipedia. Currently there is a bug with VE meaning it cannot use nested templates so we have created a workaround, once this bug has been fixed then a better technical solution will be found. I'm more looking for suggestions for additions to the guidance page at the moment and how the attribution is displayed. If you would like to try it out I've created some guidance on using open license text from UNESCO publications and descriptions in Wikipedia.

Many thanks

John Cummings (talk) 10:23, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

How many registered users have made at least one edit?[edit]

I'm curious as to how many registered users have actually made at least one edit. Is such a statistic available anywhere? Biblio (talk) WikiProject Reforming Wikipedia. 00:47, 24 July 2016 (UTC) says 6,007,614 as of June 30, 2016. Special:Statistics currently says there are 28,714,054 registered users so that's around 21% of them. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:11, 24 July 2016 (UTC)