Statistics of use of a language
fios at akerbeltz.org
Thu Jul 4 12:22:47 UTC 2013
Before we get too excited, I'd like to query the ... likelihood of these
I went and looked at those I'm most familiar with
Now, I'm not sure what the starting point of these is but they look very
wrong. At best, there are 100 Manx speakers in the world. Also, I get
weekly blocklist reports from Mozilla which is essentially a very
reliable way of measuring active users of Firefox and according to which
there are some 100 regular users. Even if this is a cumulative figure
over many years, both the Manx and the Gaelic figures are waaaay over
what one might expect.
Or looking at it another way, Linux OS has an approximate share of 1-2%.
So since there are less than 58,000 Gaelic speakers in the world, at
best we would expect 1160 users or so at 2% penetration. Which is
I have noted a similarly bizarre bloating in the Joomla langpack
download figures and I have the sneaking suspicion that the stat counter
there makes no difference between some bot downloading the pack for
whatever reason and actualy users.
I don't know how the technical details of this work but perhaps we would
get more reliable figures if we checked to see how many langpack
downloads there were in conjunction with downloads of system software
upgrades to weed out downloads of langpacks which don't actually
represent systems in use.
04/07/2013 13:00, sgrìobh ubuntu-translators-request at lists.ubuntu.com:
> Original David's message can be found (with the references to the code)
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