Bogleheads® Wiki 2014 annual report

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In a departure from the wiki's policy of neutrality, this content presents the personal viewpoint of David Grabiner.

May 13, 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of the launching of The Bogleheads® Wiki. The wiki was publicly announced on May 21, 2008. [1]. Our Wiki statistics page provides us with the following numerical snapshot of our wiki project as of May 9, 2014. Two pages moved into the ten most viewed page list for the first time; these pages are Posting FAQ for the Bogleheads® forum ‏‎ and Backdoor Roth IRA.

Cumulative statistics
Statistics Most Viewed Pages Most Viewed Pages (cont'd)
  • Content Pages: 811
  • Views: 13,241,529
  • Edits: 46,555
  • Views per Edit: 284.44
  • Average Page Edits: 13.38
  • Registered Editors: 202



The past year was marked by an increase in wiki readership, as average daily views of the wiki accelerated to over 12,700 views per day. The table below shows the growth of daily readership over the wiki's six year history. On September 20, 2013 the wiki reached a milestone of sorts, attaining its 10 millionth view.

Average daily wiki views

Historical statistics and a timeline of wiki initiatives can be found in the appendix to this report.

The year in review

Personal Reflections

"Many thanks,

  • To Alex Frakt and Larry Auton, for providing the server and software which allows the wiki to run.
  • To Barry Barnitz, Peculiar_Investor and LadyGeek, for their administrative and technical work in maintaining the wiki.
  • To all the editors, the readers who have provided feedback for the editors, and the forum members who have made suggestions and comments. The collective wisdom of the Bogleheads is much greater than that of any one person, and the wiki is a place for us to share that collective wisdom.Grabiner 20:25, 11 May 2014 (CDT)


The addition of reader feedback allowed many people other than editors to help build the wiki. Readers can suggest additional links and clarifications, or corrections such as broken links and incorrect numbers. Clarification requests are particularly useful, because the wiki is for the benefit of all readers, and what is clear to the Wiki editors may not be clear to the general public. For example, this feedback post suggested including IRS Form 8606 in the Non-deductible Traditional IRA page, and an editor added the form to the page. As another example of an important point, this feedback post suggested a consideration of state taxes in Tax-managed fund comparison, and an editor added a note to the page.

The Bogleheads Blog, started in February 2014, includes occasional posts on This Week in the Wiki, highlighting significant developments. In the other direction, the Wiki now has pages for Madsinger monthly reports and The White Coat Investor blogs.

Several articles were added to cover common forum topics:


Most Viewed Pages created in 2013 - 2014
Most Viewed Pages Most Viewed Pages (cont'd)


Appendix

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Wiki Timeline
  • Added pdf. and book downloading capabilities (November 1, 2013 - November 3, 2013)
  • Added reader feedback (November 30, 2013) [note 1]
  • Revised left-menu logo to be consistent with the forum and blog, was File:Bhwikilogo.jpg (March 19, 2014)


The table below provides a history of cumulative annual statistics for The Bogleheads® Wiki, derived during the annual May anniversary week of the wiki's founding. The spreadsheet component of the table also contains tabs showing the statistics for each year.

Cumulative Annual Statistics (View Google Spreadsheet in browser, then File --> Download as to download the file.)
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2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Content Pages 811 721 657 559 483 377
Views 13,241,350 8,571,571 4,910,881 2,671,296 1,401,496 490,687
Edits 46,555 35,403 28,372 22,550 18,628 13,016
Views per Edit 284.44 242.11 173.09 118.46 75.24 37.70
Average Page Edits 13.38 13.62 13.15 13.08 12.83 11.06
Registered Editors 202 181 158 134 113 87

Notes

  1. For a detailed description of the book/pdf. and reader feedback tools refer to the blog post, New wiki tools for readers, Bogleheads® Blog

References