Chinese Wikipedia’s Surge in Growth – Andrew Lih

Picture 2 From Andrew Lih’s blog:

Here in the PRC, it has been four days since the block of Chinese Wikipedia (ZH) was fully lifted. All reports indicate it is indeed accessible from everywhere in the country – an improvement on the initial partial lifting of the block on 10/10.

So I wondered – was there any way to check the effects of the block being lifted? A trip to the logs of new user registrations and new articles this morning shows a dramatic story. In short:

Where ZH was previously getting 300-400 new registrants a day, the weekend after unblocking has seen over one thousand new registrants a day. November 12 (interestingly, a Sunday) saw over 1,200 new registrants. [Full Text]

Read also: Why did China finally unblock Wikipedia?



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