What are the "Sources"?
- Category — Get the pageviews of pages in a category. Enter the full URL of a category page, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Folk_musicians_from_New_York.
- Wikilinks — Get the pageviews of linked pages on a page. Enter the full URL of any page, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book:New_York_City.
- Page Pile — Get the pageviews of pages in a PagePile. Enter the numeric ID of a set of pages created with Page Pile.
- Subpages — Get the pageviews of a page and all of its subpages. Enter the full URL of any page, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Example.
- Transclusions — Get the pageviews of pages that transclude a template. Enter the full URL of a template page, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Infobox_Olympic_games.
- External link — Get the pageviews of pages containing an external link. Enter a URL pattern, for example *.nycgo.com. See the Documentation for more information.
Powered by Wikimedia hashtag search. Get the pageviews of pages that have edits with the given hashtag in the edit summary. Enter a hashtag with or without the hash (
#) character, for example #100wikidays. The result set may include pages across multiple wikis. See the Documentation for more information. This feature is primarily for editathons and outreach purposes.
Get the pageviews of pages returned by a Quarry query. Enter the numeric ID and project of a Quarry dataset. The
page_titlecolumn (required) is what will be used as the page titles.
- Search — Get pageviews of pages returned by a search, using the CirrusSearch engine. Enter the search query and project, such as insource:"UNESCO Science Report".
What is the "Use subject page instead of talk page" option?
This option is for when you are using a category as the source. In some cases the category may contain talk pages when you actually want the subject pages. For instance FA-Class New York City articles, which lists the talk pages of FA-quality articles within WikiProject New York City.
Why can't I view data older than July 2015?
The Wikimedia pageviews API was introduced in August 2015 and has backfilled data to July 2015. You will have to rely on other tools such as stats.grok.se to view data older than this. Whether or not they work is unfortunately outside the scope of this tool, and beyond the control of the maintainers.
Why can't I view data for today's date?
The Wikimedia pageviews API generally takes a full 24 hours to populate, sometimes longer. In some situations you may see data missing for yesterday's date as well, which will be left blank rather than showing a count of zero views.
Why do some pages have unusually high pageviews?
If you see an inexplicable spike in pageviews, especially if it is only on specific days, it may be false traffic from an automated program. One tactic to identify bot-inflated traffic is to compare desktop views with mobile views. First see which agents are most popular on your project for all articles, and use that as a basis for comparison. For instance on the English Wikipedia mobile web views should be comparable if not higher than desktop, so if mobile web views are very low, it might be false traffic.
If you are unable to conclude it is false traffic, you can request an investigation to be done by filing a ticket on Phabricator. These pageviews anomalies are common and tedious to investigate, so do not expect a timely response.
Are pageviews by the same user counted every time?
Yes. Every time you load a page, a pageview is registered, even if you created the page. You can learn more about the pageview definiton at meta:Research:Page view.
What are the dots next to the date labels?
This indicates the first day of the week. Pageviews tend to be low during the weekends, so this indicator can give perspective to the seven-day pattern.
What are the "Agents"?
- User includes all people who view a page. Editors, anonymous editors, and our readers.
- Spider includes search engine "web crawlers" like Google that read pages for the purposes of improving search results. Pages can receive significant views from web crawlers, which is why by default the tool shows data only from users.
- Automated includes automated programs that are not search engine crawlers.
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