> Let me help you with some facts
RED HERRING ALERT! RED HERRING ALERT!
Watch carefully kids, "thekohser" constructs a totally bogus metric, posts his conclusion as a question because he's gutless, and then uses that "conclusion" to moan about this and that.
> generated about 5 million edits per month
Well anyone reading this who has even the slightest clue about how internet billing is handled, which I assume includes "thekohser", knows that the cost of hosting is based on throughput, not "the number of edits".
1) the number of bytes per article in the English wiki has just under doubled since 2005:
2) the number of page views has roughly doubled since 2008 (oldest number I have):
3) binaries have increased five times since 2005:
4) the database as a whole has increased over eight times since 2005:
5) meanwhile the number of edits has grown only three times since 2005:
If we consider bandwidth to be size times accesses, this implies that the total bandwidth has increased about 15 to 20 times since 2005. Yet the number of edits, which you have divided by, as increased only three times.
So, then, that seems to go a long way to "explain a 30-fold increase in spending per edit", doesn't it?
Don't tell me I'm wrong until you've written your FA and got the admin bit.