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|This page in a nutshell: Anyone can edit Wikipedia and become a Wikipedian!|
There are currently 44,763,366 Wikipedia accounts, of which 116,976 have made at least one edit during the last month.
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Wikipedians are volunteers who contribute to Wikipedia by editing its pages, unlike readers who simply read the articles. Anyone—including you—can become a Wikipedian by boldly making changes when they find something that can be added or improved. To learn more about how to do this, you can check out the basic editing tutorial or the more detailed manual.
Wikipedians do a wide variety of tasks, from fixing typos and removing vandalism to resolving disputes and perfecting content, but are united in a desire to make human knowledge available to every person on the planet.
The English Wikipedia currently has 44,763,366 users who have registered a username. Only a minority of users contribute regularly (116,976 have edited in the last 30 days), and only a minority of those contributors participate in community discussions. An unknown but relatively large number of unregistered Wikipedians also contribute to the site. As of 2012, most logged-in editors had edited as unregistered Wikipedians before registering their accounts.
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.)
See also: Wikipedia:Administration § Human and legal administration
Some accounts have special permissions, including:
Some user groups (such as stewards) act globally, and thus they do not get local flags and local rights.
|If you have made...||then you rank in the...||or the...||That's more than...|
|1 edit||top 50% of editors||top 22,381,683 of all editors||50% of all editors|
|10 edits||top 5% of editors
|top 2,238,168 of all editors||95% of all editors|
|100 edits||top 1% of editors||top 447,633 of all editors||99% of all editors|
|500 edits||top 0.25% of editors
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|top 111,908 of all editors||99.75% of all editors|
|1,000 edits||top 0.1% of editors||top 44,763 of all editors||99.9% of all editors|
|10,000 edits||top 0.025% of editors||top 11,190 of all editors||99.975% of all editors|
|25,000 edits||top 0.01% of editors||top 4,476 of all editors||99.99% of all editors|
|45,000 edits||top 0.005% of editors||top 2,238 of all editors||99.995% of all editors|
|90,000 edits||top 0.002% of editors||top 895 of all editors||99.998% of all editors|
|140,000 edits||top 0.001% of editors||top 447 of all editors||99.999% of all editors|
|200,000 edits||top 0.0005% of editors||top 223 of all editors||99.9995% of all editors|
|350,000 edits||top 0.0002% of editors||top 89 of all editors||99.9998% of all editors|
|480,000 edits||top 0.0001% of editors||top 44 of all editors||99.9999% of all editors|
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UNU-Merit (United Nations University-Merit) completed the 2010 meta:Research:UNU-MERIT Wikipedia survey 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:
|Age group||WMF (%)|
UNU-Merit reported the average age of contributors at 26.14 years, but did not provide a greater breakdown of age by user type.
|Education level completed||WMF (%)||UNU-Merit (%)|
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 UNU-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.
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.
More information regarding the gender gap can be found at Gender gap.
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.
Main article: Motivations of Wikipedia contributors
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. Wikipedian, 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.
See also: Wikipediholic and Conflicting philosophies
Some Wikipedians welcome newcomers; some Wikipedians award those whom they feel deserve awards. Some upload images or help others do so; some work on history articles; some clean up grammar; and still others work on reverting vandalism. Many take on all these tasks; some, of course, take on none. Whatever one decides to do, every Wikipedian is a valuable member of the community.
Wikipedians who contribute mainly by writing and editing the contents of Wikipedia, without interacting much on Talk or administrative 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:Userboxes/Wikipedia.
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