According to a survey on the German Wikipedia over 85 % editors mean that the "Trending" ("Beliebt") -section should be removed for the German Wikipedia in the apps. Background is the manipulation of pageview statistics. The editors also criticized that the Wikipedia should not waste the space on the start page with such functions.
A few translated opinions in favour to remove the whole function (66):
- Statistical nonsense is not appropriate for an encyclopedia (Holmium, 17th November)
- like the previous speakers, and unlike platforms like Amazon, readers on Wikipedia have completely different intentions than to search for articles that others find popular ("Others also searched for ...") (Toni, 17th November)
- This function actively supports a "All read what all read, because it all read". And every week a new pig is chased through the digital village. I don't find this particularly encyclopaedic. (KaiMartin, 21th November)
- The meaning of this function has never been revealed to me anyway: Why should we point out articles that are clicked the most anyway? (Icodensee99, 22th November)
- does not harm Wikipedia's mission to deactivate this technical gimmick, it will otherwise always result in a cat and mouse game, which binds forces we can use for more meaningful tasks (Neozoon, 24th November)
A few translated opinions in favour to give Admins the possibility to manually intervene (8):
- This list has a pulling effect that attracts readers who open the Wikipedia app "just like that". It is also a mirror of current events. You can find current deaths, scandals, crime scene topics or news in it. The click fraud makes this function unusable. The fact that Wikipedia authors are not interested in this function is easy to understand. I would be interested to know if they [he maybe means WMF] measure how much this function is used. (Sebastian Wallroth, 18th November)
- I think statistics are good and "popular" articles are interesting for readers. It's a problem if someone uses bots to falsify the retrieval statistics, but I think it's the wrong way to remove the ad completely from the app. (MarcelBuehner, 20th November)
No comments for opinions in favour to status quo (2)
One suggestion I read was the idea to replace the "Beliebt"-section with the Did you know? function which is editorially supervised by the community.
I request to grant to the will of the community and remove the "Beliebt"-section from the german versions of the Wikipedia App on all Platforms (I just know IOS and Android)