Three interesting observations about the English Wikipedia:

  • Almost half of all the text added gets reverted.
  • Over three quarters of contributions from registered users are from someone who’s had a contribution reverted.
  • Half of the top 50 contributors (by amount contributed) are bots.

This measures the size of contribution as the number of bits of entropy of a revision when compressed with a model primed with the prior five unreverted revisions of the page. It’s imperfect, especially for large deletions that don’t cause a page to get reverted, but it’s a first approximation.