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Document known data quality issues on Wikistats
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Description

There are a number of known data quality issues that affect the correctness of what is reported on Wikistats. These include:

While the long term solution to handle these issues is still TBD and still to be prioritized as per https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T310732, an interim solution would be to provide a list of known issues and link from the relevant dashboards.

Possible solutions:

  • Have a page on Wikistats to outline the known issues and link from the affected dashboards
  • Outline data issues on Wikitech and link from the affected wikistats dashboards

Event Timeline

It is possible to add annotations to the wikistats dashboards via meta. See https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Config:Dashiki:Annotations/Wikistats/totalPageViews. Annotations have been created for the two above incidents. Let's review and assess if this is sufficient.

just to have this on record: the Wikistats annotation display system was thrown together quickly. It can be easily modified to include ranges, and it probably should be in this case and a few other cases. Annotations are great UX and I still think putting them on wiki is a great way to get the community involved.

I'd appreciate this issue being prioritized, given that it was identified as an important activity after the data loss.