Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Denies Site 'Losing' Thousands Of Editors

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Emma Barnett, Technology and Digital Media Correspondent Telegraph

The study, conducted by Felipe Ortega at Libresoft, a research group at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, analysed the editing history of more than three million active Wikipedia contributors in ten different languages. It found that the first three months of this year the English-language version of the site suffered a net loss of 49,000 contributors, compared with a loss of about 4,900 during the same period last year.
The findings of the research have prompted many to question whether this is the beginning of the end for the world's largest encyclopedia. However, Mr Wales told The Telegraph he didn't accept the research as new editors are replacing existing editors at nearly the same pace.

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