Creating, destroying, and restoring value in wikipedia

Reid Priedhorsky, Jilin Chen, Shyong K. Lam, Katherine Panciera, Loren G Terveen, John Riedl

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Abstract

Wikipedia's brilliance and curse is that any user can edit any of the encyclopedia entries. We introduce the notion of the impact of an edit, measured by the number of times the edited version is viewed. Using several datasets, including recent logs of all article views, we show that an overwhelming majority of the viewed words were written by frequent editors and that this majority is increasing. Similarly, using the same impact measure, we show that the probability of a typical article view being damaged is small but increasing, and we present empirically grounded classes of damage. Finally, we make policy recommendations for Wikipedia and other wikis in light of these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGROUP'07 - Proceedings of the 2007 International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work
Pages259-268
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event2007 International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP'07 - Sanibel Island, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 4 2007Nov 7 2007

Publication series

NameGROUP'07 - Proceedings of the 2007 International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work

Other

Other2007 International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP'07
CountryUnited States
CitySanibel Island, FL
Period11/4/0711/7/07

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Damage
  • Vandalism
  • Wiki
  • Wikipedia

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