Which fork is more active (in terms of genuine contributions, not spam or vandalism): the English language Wikitravel, or the English language Wikivoyage?

I noticed that Wikitravel had some info on ATMs in Ulaanbaatar that Wikivoyage didn't have, and it seemed Wikitravel had more of an edit history than Wikivoyage.

Wikivoyage has a page which compares the two, but it's comparing current data for WikiVoyage to February 2016 data for Wikitravel.

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    Isn't "fork" a technical form for travel.se? How about using a less technical word? Site for example. – Nean Der Thal Jul 3 '16 at 5:20
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    @Heidel Ber Gensis It's the correct word to use here: both sites originate from the same content. – lambshaanxy Jul 3 '16 at 5:33
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    @HeidelBerGensis we aren't normal. :) Most of us also have accounts on Stack Overflow. – Andrew Grimm Jul 3 '16 at 7:56
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    @HeidelBerGensis: The fact that one of the sites is a fork of the other is, however, pretty important for making sense of the question. The question would not be as understandable if this information was not present there. – hmakholm left over Monica Jul 3 '16 at 10:31


Source (which I know you've already cited), but I've done the maths.

Since the Wikivoyage total is 'live' and the Wikitravel total is Feb, we'll have to make some assumptions, but I believe them to be valid.

Let's take the Wikitravel first. 13 years and 1 month, assuming the start of 2013. 2,541,627 over that time = 194,264ish edits a year.

Wikivoyage = 3,020,088, divided by 13 years and 6.5 months = 223,021ish edits a year.

So based on that, Wikivoyage wins.

However, this is kinda moot, as Wikitravel only launched, according to Wikipedia in 2004, and Wikivoyage in 2007. So the numbers seem a bit strange to me.

What I'd focus on instead is the Alexa rank, which while Wikitravel is ranked higher, Wikitravel has slipped from 3000th to 6000th in the past few years and continues to slip as people move to the wikivoyage. That's my feeling anyway, and while it's still more 'ranked' and familiar to people (friends often mention wikitravel, never wikivoyage) the editing community certainly seems to prefer wikivoyage.

  • You can find the current Alex rankings for Wikitravel here and for Wikivoyage here. Interestingly Wikivoyage is on a 5k rank in Germany where sensibility for open-source is high. – mts Jul 15 '16 at 20:45
  • This depends on whether WV keeps the edits it had from WT before the fork. – Andrew Grimm Jul 15 '16 at 22:53

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