Other German users have apparently found this somewhat interesting and have helped to convert some of the HTML quickbars to the template version. The only two notable differences between the EN quickbar and DE quickbar are:
Progress seems to have been made in ensuring new users know policies and feel welcomed, but most new users only stick around for a day or two. It would be great if we could get our Google ranking up for DE to increase visibility.
I did some calculations about people's participation over time, and came out with some interesting results. 65% of Wikitravellers, registered or not, work on the site for less than 2 days. 80% participate for less than a month, and 95% for less than a year. (This is measuring the time between first edit and last edit, by the way -- people might do only two edits total, a year apart, and get into that last 5%.) Interestingly, though, the total number of edits produced by people who've been around for more than a year is about the same as the number done by that huge group that only sticks around for a day.
What does this mean? I'm not sure. One thing to realize is that since so many people come and go so quickly, maybe it's best to appreciate them for their time while they're here, rather than considering it a failure that they don't stay. Those of us who stick for a longtime tend to think that's the only way to interact with a project, but that's not necessarily so.
I do think that retaining some of that giant group to continue working on the site is great. If we can get them to stick around for 4 days rather than 2 days, we can practically double our number of edits. And I think keeping the people around who've been there after one year is important, too -- they maintain our community culture. --Evan 10:24, 28 July 2006 (EDT)
That really had to be to time consuming and certainly appreciated. "Keeping the people around who've been there after one year is important, too -- they maintain our community culture." This is why I'd really like to get new user so the community on DE can expand. -- Andrew