The Waray is the Waray language edition of Wikipedia. It is hosted on servers run by the Wikimedia Foundation since 25 September 2005.[1] As of April 15, 2018, this edition has 1,262,932 articles[2] and is the 10th largest edition.[3] Despite having very few active users (92), the Waray has a high number of automatically generated articles created by bots, most of them by Swedishn Sverker Johansson's Lsjbot.[4][5][6]

Waray (or Waray-Waray) is spoken by approximately 2.6 million[7] people in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines.


The Waray was first organized in Tacloban on 25 September 2005 by Harvey Fiji. The wiki had a small number of contributors, with fewer than ten editors per month until April 2009. The first meet-up of editors took place in January 2013 in Tacloban.[8][9]

By early 2011 the Waray had attracted notice for including more than twice as many articles as the Tagalog, which is based on the principal language of The Philippines. This discrepancy was explained by the very large number of articles added automatically by bots, with no direct human input.[10][11] By early June 2014 the Waray had attained a very high article count of 1 million, but a very low article depth of less than 3. Article depth is an attempt to measure the collaborative quality of articles, based on the number of edits per article.

According to automatically updated Wikimedia data, as of April 15, 2018, the Waray has 2,875,813 pages (including user pages, help pages, etc.), 92 active users, and 6,187,757 total edits. The article depth of Waray is 3.51—a rough indicator of the article's collaborative quality—compared to 21.64 for the Tagalog. (Waray and Tagalog are related languages belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.)


  • On 26 August 2010 the Waray passed the 100,000-article milestone, making it the 35th largest language edition at that time.[9]
  • On 8 June 2014 the encyclopedia passed the 1 million article mark.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Start of the Waray". War.wikipedia.org. 2005-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Mga Estadistika". War.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  3. ^ List ofs
  4. ^ For This Author, 10,000 Articles is a Good Day's Work - WSJ
  5. ^ The world's most prolific writer - Features – N by Norwegian
  6. ^ Hans robot har skrivit halva - Internetworld
  7. ^ "Waray". Ethnologue. Summer Institute of Linguistics. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Locsin, Joel (2014-06-10). "Waray hits 1 million articles". Yahoo News Philippines. 
  9. ^ a b "Statistics Waray". Stats.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Martin W. Lewis (2011-04-18). "The Linguistic Geography of the". GeoCurrents.info. 
  11. ^ Siddique, Ashik (2013-12-27). "Meet the Stats Master Making Sense of's Massive Data Trove". Wired. 

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