While the Gentoo Website Survey is running (which you really should fill in, if you haven’t yet), here’s some data on our recently launched Wiki at wiki.gentoo.org.
First off, here are a few figures that sum up what happened on the Wiki since the grand opening on November 9, 2011:
|Number of edits
It’s very gratifying to see that the interest in the Wiki is steadily increasing, as we’re nearing the 50,000 visits per month mark:
The dent in December can be explained by the lack of content we had in the early days after the launch.
By looking at the search terms people have used to reach the Wiki, we can get a sense of what topics people are interested in most. Here, we have noticed that recently emerged technologies, products and software are the most popular topics:
GRUB 2, installing Gentoo on a Raspberry Pi, using systemd or ZFS, and tethering with an Android handset are the most popular searches.
This of course doesn’t capture the topics we don’t currently cover. Should you be one of the visitors who did not find what they were looking for, you should be adding the topic to the requested articles page.
An international community
It is also interesting to see where our users come from. This information can help when future translations of the contents are created. Here’s a map showing our visitors’ countries. The darker the color, the more people were visiting the Wiki from that country:
The most visitors — by far — came from the United States (85,000), followed by Germany (22,000), Russia (18,000), the UK (10,000), France (9,000), Poland, China, Italy (each 7,500), and Japan and the Czech Republic (each 4,500).
The Wiki is doing nicely. So nicely in fact that it is outgrowing its current hosting venue. Thus, we’ll be moving the service to a more powerful setup later this year. The outage will be announced well ahead.
This brings me to the point where I thank all the contributors that we had so far, keep up the great work. My express thanks (and yours should too) go to the ‘heavy users’ who each have made hundreds of edits (in no particular order): Astaecker, Disi, Tclover, and developers yngwin and SwifT.