In 2018, the fourteenth year of The Signpost, a total of 157 articles have been published spanning 12 issues from January to December. Collectively these 157 articles, created by 64 Wikipedia users, have received a total of 353,134 pageviews until 7 December. After including views from the first page and the single-page edition the pageviews sum reaches 388,484. These 12 issues have also seen a total of 1,222 comments, totaling 96,473 words.[a]
The Signpost statistics 2018, an effort to understand The Signpost, throws up various other findings, such as:
- The article in The Signpost which has the highest all-time pageviews in 2018 is "Death knell sounding for The Signpost?". Out of the 157 articles it is the only article to have crossed 5,000 views this year. However, when considering highest page views attained in one week, the article "News and notes: Flying high; low practice from Wikipedia 'cleansing' agency; where do our donations go? RfA sees a new trend" has the most with 2,290 pageviews.
- On average, an article in 2018 got 848 pageviews in one week and 2,387 all-time page views.
- Only five articles in 2018 have crossed 4,000 page views (all time), listed below:
|Date||Article title||Pageviews (all-time)|
|29 Mar||Op-ed: Death knell for The Signpost?||4,988|
|29 Jun||From the editor: The Admin Ship is still barely afloat, while a Foundation project risks sinking||4,068|
|30 Aug||News and notes: Flying high; low practice from Wikipedia 'cleansing' agency; where do our donations go? RfA sees a new trend||4,061|
|20 Feb||News and notes: The future is Swedish with a lack of administrators||4,054|
|29 Jun||Discussion report: Deletion, page moves, and an update to the main page||4,038|
- Average views per article (one week total) for the first six months – January to May – is 780, and for the last six months – June to December – is 906. Although this indicates a general increase in readership per article from the beginning of 2018 to the end of the year, this increase in readership cannot be observed when average all-time views per article are considered.
- Over 80% of all page views of any given Signpost article come in the first four weeks.
Which categories of articles get the most pageviews?
- "Op-ed" and "From the editor" articles have the highest average pageviews (one week totals). "Op-ed" articles get an average of 1,340 pageviews and "From the editor" articles 1,320 pageviews. Gallery articles get the least pageviews.
How many users have contributed to The Signpost in 2018?
- 10 Wikipedia users for The Signpost in 2018 amount to 72.8% of the total byline mentions, with the remaining 54 users accounting for the remaining 27.2% of byline mentions. (This includes bylines for 'essays', 'from the archives' and 'blogs', which may have just been "selected" by the user.)
- 103 articles out of the 157 have only one name in the byline; that is, 65.6% have either been written or compiled by one user. The remaining 54 articles have two or more names in the bylines.
How many comments did The Signpost get in 2018?
- Seven articles in 2018 (Issue 1 to Issue 12) generated comments crossing 4,000 words. 42 articles got one or no comments.
|Article title||No. of comments||No. of commentators||Total words|
|Op-ed: Has the wind gone out of the AdminShip's sails?||79||37||11,460|
|Op-ed: Death knell for The Signpost?||73||34||7,436|
|News and notes: Flying high; low practice from Wikipedia 'cleansing' agency; where do our donations go? RfA sees a new trend||72||35||4,877|
|Op-ed: Wikipedia's Strickland affair||61||36||5,621|
|Op-ed: What do admins do?||47||15||4,567|
|Community view: It's time we look past Women in Red to counter systemic bias||28||21||4,327|
|Opinion: Google isn't responsible for Wikipedia's mistakes||28||21||4,102|
How many users subscribe to the The Signpost?
A total of 1,149 users have added their names to the user-talk page delivery list. Template subscription transclusions total 2,007, whereas the global delivery list currently has 227 users.
- Total words has been calculated excluding signatures. Each signature generates an approximate of seven words in MS Word, the word counter used to count the total words in comments.