I tried looking in the [IRS Form 990 dataset on Amazon S3](https://aws.amazon.com/public-datasets/irs-990/), specifically searching the text files for forms published in (https://s3.amazonaws.com/irs-form-990/index_2017.csv) and (https://s3.amazonaws.com/irs-form-990/index_2016.csv).
I ...(read more)
In my experience, writing full-fledged, thoroughly researched material is pretty
time-consuming, and if you push that out to the audience immediately, (1) you've
sunk a lot of time and effort that the audience may not appreciate or care
about, and (2) you might have too large an inferential gap with...(read more)
FWIW, my impression is that data on Wikipedia has gotten somewhat more accurate
over time, due to the push for more citations, though I think much of this
effect occurred before the decline started. I think the push for accuracy has
traded off a lot against growth of content (both growth in number o...(read more)
If you have more fine-grained data at your disposal on different topics and how much each has grown or shrunk in terms of number of pages, data available on each page, and accuracy, please share :).
In the case of Wikipedia, I think the aspects of quality that correlate most
with explaining pageviews are readily proxied by quantity. Specifically, the
main quality factors in people reading a Wikipedia page are (a) the existence of
the page (!), (b) whether the page has the stuff they were lookin...(read more)
Great point. As somebody who has been in the crosshairs of Wikipedia mods (see
) my bias would push me to agree :). However, despite what I see as problems
with Wikipedia mod culture, it r...(read more)
Great points. As I noted in the post, search and social media are the two most
likely proximal mechanisms of causation for the part of the decline that's real.
But neither may represent the "ultimate" cause: the growth of alternate content
sources, or better marketing by them, or changes in user hab...(read more)
This is already an issue: https://github.com/Discordius/Lesswrong2/issues/168
The Wikimedia Foundation has not ignored the decline. For instance, they discuss
the overall trends in detail in their quarterly readership metrics reports, the
latest of which is at
They still show up in the total comment count :).