2nd Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Pangasinan
The 2nd Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Pangasinan was a wiki editing event focusing on the improvement of the Pangasinan Wikipedia and the Ilokano Wikipedia that was held at the Capitol Resort Hotel in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines on March 25, 2017. It served as a follow up for the first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Pangasinan that was conducted on August 2014. The Pangasinan Wikipedia Community in cooperation with Pangasinan Provincial Government mobilized the participants. The edit-a-thon was actually part of the Pangasinan Digital Influencers' Summit, a two-day event organized by bloggers of Pangasinan and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan. The edit-a-thon was funded by the Wikimedia Foundation through a grant and by the Pangasinan Provincial Government. Prizes and tokens for the edit-a-thon participants were provided by anonymous donors.
Two Wikimedians from Manila helped in managing the edit-a-thon and assisting the participants on wiki editing. They also served as resource speakers for introducing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia online and offline projects.
Vanj Padilla of the Pangasinan Wikipedia Community were planning to have a series of edit-a-thon in Northern Luzon starting with an event in Lingayen, Pangasinan, which would be a follow up to the 2014 Pangasinan Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. She then contacted Filipino Wikimedians Bel Ballesteros and Jojit Ballesteros to help her manage the edit-a-thons as well as to ask grant funds from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). They were considered by Vanj due to their wide experience in conducting edit-a-thons in the Philippines.
On March 4, 2017, Vanj had a meeting with Bel and Jojit together with Joel Encinas, another Filipino Wikimedian, to discuss the plans for the series of edit-a-thons in Northern Luzon. The following are the results of the meeting:
- Initially, there shall be edit-a-thons in Lingayen, Pangasinan and Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Other possible edit-a-thons shall be considered depending on the success of these supposed edit-a-thons.
- Since the ad hoc project team of Vanj, Jojit, Bel and Joel do not have any formal group, Jojit shall file a grant and the one who shall manage the actual edit-a-thon. JR Padilla who is also part of the project team was not present during the meeting.
- The edit-a-thons shall focus on the Pangasinan Wikipedia and Ilokano Wikipedia.
- Vanj Padilla shall be the one responsible for coordinating with partner organizations such as the Pangasinan Provincial Government who shall be mobilizing participants for the edit-a-thon in Pangasinan. She shall also be in charge of the overall logistics of the event including providing a venue.
- The edit-a-thons may be part of a bigger event similar to what happened to the 1st Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.
- Jojit and Bel shall be resource speakers and with the help Joel, shall guide the edit-a-thon participants on their works.
- Participants of the edit-a-thons shall be encouraged to bring laptops and personal wireless internet modem. Likewise, the project team shall provide wireless internet modems. The budget to load internet credits shall be requested as part of the grant.
Jojit applied for a Wikimedia rapid grant for the edit-a-thons on March 6, 2017. The grant was originally titled Grants:Project/Rapid/Jojit fb/North Luzon Edit-a-thons and would cover edit-a-thons in Lingayen, Pangasinan and Tuguegarao, Cagayan but upon discussions with Delphine Ménard and Morga Jue of the WMF, it was only the edit-a-thon in Lingayen, Pangasinan that the WMF is willing to fund. With that, Jojit consulted the project team about this. The project team then decided to shelve the edit-a-thon in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and pursue only the edit-a-thon in Lingayen, Pangasinan for the grant. Jojit told this development to Morgan and renamed the grant title to Grants talk:Project/Rapid/Jojit fb/2nd Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Pangasinan. On March 13, 2017, WMF through Delphine approved the grant request. With an approved grant, the project team started to execute the team's plan and prepared for the event.
Jojit and Bel traveled from Manila to Lingayen, Pangasinan on the evening of March 24, 2017 and they arrived at their destination around 2:00 am on the next day. Joel Encinas was not able to be with them and help with the edit-a-thon activities because he became ill. On the morning of March 25, 2017, Jojit and Bel went to the function room of the Capitol Resort Hotel, which is the venue of the edit-a-thon. They were greeted by Vanj and the rest of the organizing team in Pangasinan.
The 2nd Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Pangasinan was part of the Pangasinan Digital Influencers' Summit, a two-day event organized by bloggers of Pangasinan and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan. The edit-a-thon activities were held on March 25, 2017, the second day of the summit. The speakers/facilitators of the edit-a-thon were given forty minutes for introducing Wikipedia and other related projects, thirty minutes for the lecture/demonstration on wiki editing and two hours and fifteen minutes for the actual edit-a-thon.
The second day of the summit started around 9:30 am. Vanj Padilla was the first speaker and she talked about blogging and other topics. Around 10:45 am, Aaron Numu discussed about creating a YouTube channel. The very first Wikimedia-related activity started around 11:45 am with the showing of the "Wikipedia - FactsMatter" video. Bel Ballesteros started her talk about Wikipedia at around 11:50 pm and ended at around 12:30 pm. Lunch were served after her talk and at around 1:00 pm, Jojit gave a demonstration on how to edit Wikipedia. After Jojit's talk that ended around 1:30 pm, the actual edit-a-thon began.
During the edit-a-thon, participants used laptops and smartphones to edit Wikipedia. It was a first for an edit-a-thon in the Philippines that participants edit Wikipedia through smartphones. Jojit and Bel assisted the participants on their edits. The edit-a-thon ended at around 3:45 pm. After this, Bel commenced to tally the results of the edit-a-thon.
While waiting for the results of the edit-a-thon, Ronaldo Lenon Borja gave a talk about his online products. After his talk which ended around 4:15 pm, some attendees spoke and gave their assessment on the summit. Each of those attendees who gave their evaluation represented the sectors to which they belong. Among those who assessed the whole event, only the student representative gave an evaluation about the edit-a-thon. She said that the students learned a lot about Wikipedia and how it works. After this, certificates of attendance were given by the summit's organizing team to all attendees. Group photo sessions followed this.
The tallying of the results of the edit-a-thon finished around 4:30 pm but winners were announced around 4:50 pm because the summit was still having activities. Jojit announced and awarded the prizes for the top eight winners of edit-a-thon. He also announced that although the participants did not beat their previous record, they were able to meet goal of contributing more than 21,000 characters. The event ended at around 5:00 pm.
This schedule covers only the second day of the summit because the edit-a-thon activities happened during the second day.
|March 25, 2017 (Saturday)|
|9:30 am||Non Wikimedia-related talk||Vanj Padilla|
|10:45 am||Non Wikimedia-related talk||Aaron Numu||Morning snacks were given during this time.|
|11:45 am||Video presentation: Wikipedia FactsMatter||Bel Ballesteros, Wikimedian|
|11:50 am||Lecture: Introduction to Wikipedia||Bel Ballesteros, Wikimedian|
|12:30 pm||Lunch break|
|1:00 pm||Demonstration on how to edit Wikipedia||Jojit Ballesteros, Wikimedian|
|1:30 pm||Start of edit-a-thon||Jojit and Bel assisted and guided participants during the edit-a-thon.|
|3:45 pm||End of edit-a-thon and the start of tallying of the participants' contributions.||Bel tallied the contributed characters of the participants|
|3:45 pm||Other activities of the summit||Various||Mr. Borja gave a talk about his online products. Several individuals expressed their assessment about the summit. Certificates of attendance were given to all attendees. Afternoon snacks were given during this time.|
|4:50 pm||Announcement of winners and awarding||Jojit Ballesteros||Tallying of results ended around 4:30 pm but other summit activities concluded around 4:50 pm. The top eight (8) winners were given prizes.|
|5:00 pm||Event ended|
List of participants
The total number attendees of the summit's second day was eighty six (86) but only forty seven (47) individuals participated in the edit-a-thon. They were students, instructors/professors, members of Pangasinan police force, bloggers and businessmen. As of March 2017, it was the largest number of participants in any documented edit-a-thon in the Philippines.
There were more females than males in this edit-a-thon with a female to male ratio of 3:2 indicating that for every 3 females there were 2 male participants. Only one of the participants has edited Wikipedia before the edit-a-thon while the rest were new to Wikipedia and have not edited Wikipedia before the event. Although, that particular person who previously edited Wikipedia created a new account because he has forgotten his old username.
Forty seven (47) participants have created their user accounts during the edit-a-thon but only thirty six (36) have edited Wikipedia and related projects. The following are the Wikipedia projects that have been edited by the participants during the edit-a-thon:
- five participants (14%) have edited a total of ten (10) existing articles and added two (2) new articles in the English Wikipedia;
- twenty five participants (69%) have edited a total of seven (7) existing articles and added four (4) new articles in Wikivoyage;
- five participants (14%) have edited a total of seven (7) existing articles in the Tagalog Wikipedia;
- two participants (6%) have edited two (2) existing articles in the Ilokano Wikipedia;
- five participants (14%) have edited a total of three (3) existing articles in the Pangasinan Wikipedia; and
- one participant (3%) has uploaded a picture in Wikimedia Commons.
Prizes were given to the eight (8) participants who have contributed the most number of bytes or characters during the edit-a-thon. These include USB drive containing offline English (version 0.8_2016-09) and Pangasinan (version all_2017-01) Wikipedias for each of the top three participants and DVDs containing English (version 0.8_2010-12) and Pangasinan (version all_2017-01) Wikipedias for Top 4 to Top 8 participants. Likewise, all participants received stickers and keychains as tokens. Written in the stickers is the vision statement of the Wikimedia Foundation in English and Pangasinan languages while the keychains contain the logo of Wikipedia in English and Pangasinan languages.
|Username||Gender||Contributions in characters||Edit count||Created articles||Wikimedia projects||Notes|
|KingSiege||Male||4,508||6||No article created but edited articles||English Wikipedia||Top 1 (Contributions were reverted due to lack of sources.)|
|Rizza Bitos||Female||3,328||3||No article created but edited articles
||Wikivoyage, Tagalog Wikipedia||Top 2|
|WhiteHacher||Male||2,781||5||No article created but edited articles||Tagalog and Ilokano Wikipedias||Top 3|
|Spiritmikej||Male||2,666||7||Created two articles (Macalang Beach, Cabongaoan Beach) in the English Wikipedia but was deleted after the edit-a-thon due to various valid reasons.||English and Ilokano Wikipedias||Top 4 (The characters contributed here cover only those edits made during the edit-a-thon. The deleted edits after the edit-a-thon was not considered. His other contributions were reverted due to lack of sources.)|
No article created but edited articles
|English Wikivoyage||Top 5|
|Kins18||Male||1,887||12||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage||Top 6|
|Missthagiea||Female||1,148||2||Malasiqui||English Wikivoyage||Top 7|
|OneBugallon_maiv||Female||1,052||7||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage||Top 8|
|Trixie mae bautista||Female||1,030||4||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Lheg'z08||Female||893||3||No article created but edited articles and uploaded picture to Commons||Tagalog Wikipedia, Pangasinan Wikipedia, Commons|
|Jayarzxc231||Male||859||9||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Ryzmyjae1828||Female||836||2||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Belcelino||Female||572||5||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Jelyn Fernandez||Female||569||1||No article created but edited articles||Tagalog Wikipedia|
|Alexandrina. sison||Female||500||3||No article created but edited articles||English Wikipedia||Contributions were reverted due to lack of sources.|
|Jimmyabbatuan||Male||446||11||No article created but edited articles||English Wikipedia, English Wikivoyage||Edited even after the edit-a-thon but the bytes contributed after the event was not considered.|
|Canlasreeyal||Male||401||6||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Sasahikari||Female||399||2||No article created but edited article||Pangasinan Wikipedia|
|Johannekerubin||Female||318||9||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Crisely||Female||280||1||No article created but edited articles||Pangasinan Wikipedia|
|Dexsieg||Male||245||3||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Dyannearias||Female||231||3||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Jackyjane||Female||185||2||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Pcamsantos||Female||173||1||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Eyya||Female||120||1||No article created but edited articles||Pangasinan Wikipedia|
|Reynvinluan||Female||111||3||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Michelleanncaralipio||Female||88||1||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Bryantandoc||Male||88||1||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Arlene Manamtam||Female||45||1||No article created but edited articles||Tagalog Wikipedia|
|Vfdivinof||Male||43||4||No article created but edited articles||English Wikipedia||He was an inactive Wikipedian and the last time he edited was so long ago that he has forgotten his username. So, he created a new one. Although, the project team suggested that he should not register for another user name but instead review his emails thinking that he would find his username with email exchanges concerning Wikipedia. His contributions was also reverted due to lack of sources.|
|Shiishaareyes||Female||26||3||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage|
|Miaka_Pein||Female||10||3||No article created but edited articles||English Wikivoyage, Pangasinan Wikipedia|
|Sirscorpion01||Male||1||No article created but edited article||English Wikivoyage|
|Jayme Caguioa||Male||No edit|
|Nathan script||Male||No edit|
|Wolf impact||Male||No edit|
- What worked well?
- With the conduct of this edit-a-thon, forty seven (47) participants from different sectors of society, including a non-active Wikipedian, were able to understand what Wikipedia and its related projects (with emphasis on Pangasinan Wikipedia) are all about and how they work. Thirty six (36) of them have edited Wikipedia using their newly created user accounts. Except for the inactive Wikipedian, the rest of the participants were new to Wikipedia or have not edited Wikipedia before the edit-a-thon.
- While only a few of the participants brought laptops to the event, the rest of the participants were able to edit Wikipedia using their mobile phones.
- Jojit and Bel used their own WiFi modem and tethering with their mobile phones to connect participants' gadgets to the internet which enabled them to edit Wikipedia. There were also other participants who brought their modems. These participants were given Internet load credits and they were instructed to share their WiFi modems with other participants.
- Upon creating user accounts, there were no participants who experienced the six-account limit per day per IP that Wikipedia imposes. This was due to the ample Internet connections with different IP addresses.
- The English Wikivoyage, one of the target Wikimedia project, was heavily edited with 16,969 total characters contributed, which is 56.9% of the total characters contribution for this edit-a-thon.
- After hearing the talk of Bel, two participants from the University of Luzon approached her and said that they were interested in conducting an edit-a-thon at their university.
- There is at least one participant who continued to edit Wikipedia after the event.
- The edit-a-thon was well funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and the Pangasinan Provincial Government. Swags and prizes for the edit-a-thon were provided by anonymous donors.
- What didn't work?
- Due to the two non-Wikimedia talks before the Introduction to Wikipedia talk, matters on Wikipedia and related projects were hurriedly discussed and the talk was cut short because lunch was served thereby missing some important matters that would have been imparted to the participants if the talk had been discussed properly and completely. The two non-Wikimedia talks before the Introduction to Wikipedia talk should have been delivered the day before the edit-a-thon according to the schedule of activities of the summit.
- Since the edit-a-thon was just a part of the summit and something went wrong with the schedule of the summit, during the day of the edit-a-thon the participants were thinking of writing blogs instead of editing Wikipedia because they were instructed the day before. This made the participants shift their focus from writing blogs to editing Wikipedia during the edit-a-thon which somehow lessen the quality and quantity of the edits of the participants. Furthermore, one of the goals were just partially achieved due to unfocused participants.
- Some edits in the English Wikipedia of some participants were reverted back and deleted after the edit-a-thon due to lack of references and other valid reasons. This indicates that matters on citation/references were not clear enough during the edit-a-thon.
- The two other target Wikimedia projects, the Ilokano Wikipedia and the Pangasinan Wikipedia, were not heavily edited. Participants contributed only 1,571 characters on these two projects, which is only 5.3% of the total characters contributed in this edit-a-thon. One of the possible reasons why there was only few edits on these projects is that Pangasinan is a melting pot where various culture converged. People in Lingayen, Pangasinan most likely speak in Tagalog or English rather than in their native tongue.
- There were only two persons who assisted and guided the overwhelming large number of newbie editors during the edit-a-thon. There were too many people asking for assistance and questions. This is one of the reason why some of the contributions were reverted because participants were not guided properly.
- Despite being partially funded by the WMF, the edit-a-thon was not promoted by the summit's organizers. This was evident in the banners posted during the event where there was not even a single Wikimedia logo.
- Some of the participants who used mobile phones to contribute were having a hard time editing the Wikimedia projects.
- What are the points of improvement?
- The event organizers should properly coordinate with the team from Manila about the details of the event.
- The edit-a-thon should be a separate and independent event.
- The number of participants should be manageable. Maximum participants should be strictly up to thirty five (35) only.
- Enough time should be allocated to the lectures and demonstrations to emphasize important matters.
- There should be at least three (3) facilitators during the edit-a-thon.
Outcomes and impact
The main goals of this project are (1) to add or improve articles in the English Wikivoyage, Pangasinan Wikipedia and the Ilokano Wikipeida; (2) and to recruit new editors. There were thirty six new accounts created during the edit-a-thon. The following lists down their contributions per Wikimedia project:
- English Wikivoyage — 16,969 characters/bytes (56.9%)
- English Wikipedia — 7,577 characters/bytes (25.4%)
- Tagalog Wikipedia — 3,389 characters/bytes (11.4%)
- Pangasinan Wikipedia — 1,029 characters/bytes (3.5%)
- Ilokano Wikipedia — 542 characters/bytes (1.8%)
- Wikimedia Commons — 318 characters/bytes (1.1%)
The first goal is to have an edit-a-thon in Lingayen, Pangasinan, which was achieved. The second goal is to have at least twenty five (25) participants for the event, which was also achieved because eighty six (86) people attended the event. Though there were only forty seven (47) persons who created user accounts. The third goal is to have at least fifteen (15) new editors, which was achieved because among those who created user accounts, thirty six (36) individuals participated in the actual edit-a-thon and edited various Wikimedia projects. These thirty six people included the one inactive Wikipedian who has forgotten his username and created a new one.
The fourth goal is to have sixty (60) articles created or improved in any Wikimedia projects. There were six (6) articles created and twenty nine (29) articles improved with a total of 147 edit count. The goal was 58.3% achieved. Some of the contributions in the English Wikipedia were reverted back due to lack of sources and other valid reasons. Furthermore, two (2) of the six (6) articles created were deleted by an administrator in the English Wikipedia who is not part of the attendees or organizing team of the edit-a-thon. It seems that the goal was partially achieved due to unfocused participants because the summit's main focus is the blogging activity. During the first day of the summit, the participants were supposed to write blogs but they were not able to. Thus, they were instructed to do the blogging activity on the second day, which did not happen due to the edit-a-thon. This has made the participants shift their attention from writing blogs to editing Wikimedia projects making them unfocused. The Wikimedia facilitators from Manila had no idea what happened on the first day of the summit. They only learned about what transpired on the first day when they arrived at the venue on the second day. On the other hand, the project lead, Jojit, may have just overestimated the fourth goal. Based on his experience, the most productive edit-a-thon in the Philippines as of March 10, 2017, the 7th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, produced thirty one (31) new articles and the goal then was to create five (5) new articles only.
The fifth goal is to have a minimum of 21,000 characters contribution to the Wikimedia online projects. This was also achieved because the participants contributed a total of 29,824 characters. To determine the number of contributed characters: (a) the facilitators of the event took note of the usernames of the participants; and (b) contributions were counted after the actual edit-a-thon with the use of "global edit summary" and the "recent changes" features of MediaWiki for each project that the participants have edited. MediaWiki is the software behind Wikimedia online projects.
It is worth mentioning that many edit-a-thon participants contributed using their mobile phones either through the app or the smartphones' web browser although some of them were having difficulty in writing their contributions on the mobile platform. With this, the proponent of this edit-a-thon suggests the further improvement of the editing experience of the mobile version of Wikimedia online projects since there are more people who have mobile phones than desktop computers. (People have easier access to mobile phones than desktop/laptop computers.) WMF may want to take a look of this suggestion on their mobile platform.
Progress towards targets and goals
|Target outcome||Achieved outcome||Explanation|
|There should be one event||An event where participants edited contents in Wikipedia and other related products was held last March 25, 2017 at Lingayen, Pangasinan||The target outcome has been achieved through the cooperation of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan which co-sponsored the Digital Influencers' Summit in March 25, 2017 wherein the edit-a-thon was held as part of the program.|
|There should be at least 25 participants||There were eighty six (86) persons who attended the event but only forty seven (47) individuals participated in the edit-a-thon.||The target outcome has been achieved through the mobilization of participants by the organizers of the Digital Influencers' Summit. There was one individual who had account in Wikipedia before the edit-a-thon but he has forgotten his user account so he created a new one.|
|There should be at least 15 new editors||Thirty six (36) participants have registered and edited contents in Wikipedia and other related projects including the inactive Wikipedian who has forgotten his user account.||The target outcome has been achieved.|
|There should be at least 60 articles created or improved||Six (6) articles have been created and twenty nine (29) articles have been improved with a total of 147 edit count.||Only 58.3% of the target outcome has been achieved because the participants were not focused on editing Wikipedia. Before the edit-a-thon was announced, they were thinking of doing blogs as part of the summit which they should have done the day before the edit-a-thon. Two (2) of the six (6) articles created were deleted by an administrator in the English Wikipedia who is not part of the attendees or organizing team of the edit-a-thon.|
|There should be at least 21,000 bytes contributed||A total of 29,824 bytes have been contributed by the participants||The target outcome has been achieved.|
For more information, see Global Metrics.
|1. Number of active editors involved||3||One (1) active editor from the Pangasinan Wikipedia and two (2) active editors who are both speakers and facilitators of the edit-a-thon; all participants, except one (1), were new or have never edited or contributed to Wikipedia before the edit-a-thon; the one participant who has edited Wikipedia has his last edit a long time ago that he has forgotten his user account.|
|2. Number of newly registered users||36||Thirty six (36) participants have created their user accounts and contributed content to Wikipedia and related projects during the edit-a-thon. Though one of these thirty six participants already had account previously but he has to create a new account because he has forgotten his username.|
|3. Number of individuals involved||95||Two (2) individuals as speakers and facilitators of edit-a-thon; seven (7) individuals as the summit's organizing team; eighty six (86) individuals as attendees.|
|4. Number of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages||1||A participant has uploaded one (1) picture in Wikimedia Commons|
|5. Number of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects||6 articles created and 29 existing articles edited with a total of 147 edit count||Four (4) new articles are created in the English Wikivoyage and two (2) new articles were created in English Wikipedia; twenty nine (29) existing articles in the English Wikivoyage, English Wikipedia, Tagalog Wikipedia, Pangasinan Wikipedia and Ilokano Wikipedia were edited. Although, the two (2) created articles in the English Wikipedia were deleted.|
|6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects||approximately 29,824 bytes added||Only the bytes added were considered|
|7. Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?
Yes, a professor and the Dean of the University of Luzon, two of the participants, have approached one of the speakers and signified their willingness in holding an edit-a-thon in their university.
In this edit-a-thon that lasted two (2) hours and fifteen (15) minutes, there were six (6) articles created and twenty nine (29) articles improved with a total of 147 edit count in six (6) different Wikimedia online projects. Though it seems that these contributions are very minimal, still, this edit-a-thon helped increase participation in the Wikimedia online projects since all of the participants except one were new to Wikipedia. With participants coming from different backgrounds and occupation, this edit-a-thon made the participants realize the Wikimedia Movement's vision that everyone could "share in the sum of all knowledge." Participants were enlightened on how the Wikimedia Movement works. One of the student participants commented that Wikipedia is not just only a learning tool but also a tool to share what an individual knows to others. Furthermore, due to the convincing talk about Wikipedia, officials from the University of Luzon approached one of the speakers and told her that the university is willing to hold an edit-a-thon.
The total characters contributed for this edit-a-thon is 29,824 or 20 pages of printed text, which is slightly above the average for an edit-a-thon. According to the data collected in the 2013 Evaluation Report of the Wikimedia Foundation for Edit-a-thons, the average characters contributed for all edit-a-thons is almost 24,000 or 16 pages of printed text. Although, this edit-a-thon is just only about half of what the previous edit-a-thon in Pangasinan had accomplished. The first Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Pangasinan produced a total of 63,381 character contribution.
In the Wikimedia Movement, contributors are mostly male-dominated and the movement is trying to encourage more female contributors. It is worth mentioning that this edit-a-thon had somehow narrowed the gender gap. The ratio of female participants to male participants is three is to two (3:2). Thus, there are more female participants than male participants in this edit-a-thon.