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The science of Wikipedia flamewars
The Washington Post reported Tuesday on the most controversial articles on various language Wikipedias as determined by a cross-continental research group. The Post conveyed mild amusement at the large number of controversies surrounding football/soccer - fully half of the most controversial pages on Spanish Wikipedia and the most controversial on Romanian and Hebrew - and felt that the relatively small number of intractable discussions was a positive both for Wikipedia and for humankind. Of the more predictable disputes, reporter Max Ehrenfreund commented specifically on German Wikipedia's Croatia, and English's George W. Bush, anarchism, and Muhammad. Ehrenfreund discussed the method the researchers used to determine the most controversial articles, which included checking for the frequency of reverts, controlling for vandalism, and examining the diversity of editors working on the article.
|Articles on Jesus and homeopathy are in dispute in all four languages [English, French, Spanish, and German], while articles on anarchism, socialism, global warming and Mexico are controversial in at least three of the four.
Also mentioned was the previous paper published by the Yasseri group that showed that most content disputes trend towards a consensus, with a very small number remaining on a trajectory towards continued conflict.
The research was also covered in outlets including CNN, Digital Journal, the New York Post, CIO Today, News.com.au, the Washington Times, and NBC, among many others.
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales explains its mission to be mainstream
The Guardian published an overwhelmingly positive article on Jimmy Wales's comments in London on the future of Wikimedia. Wales was quoted lauding the Foundation's efforts with the media-celebrated and community-maligned VisualEditor and Flow. He also praised the Education Program as being part of the technological revolution of education, as well as the GLAM efforts. His remarks in London were also covered by the Independent, which included additional information on Wikipedia Zero and work by the developers' team. Other news stories on the topic were published by outlets including Business Insider and IT Pro Portal.
- There's something wickedly seductive about Wikipedia - The San Bernardino Sun published an article on the freedom to edit or vandalize.
- Royal Baby Watch 2013: Wikipedia, Cake Makers and Bookmakers Take Advantage of Kate's Due Date - The Latin Post mentioned the Wikipedia article on Prince George of Cambridge (formerly titled “Son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge” and “Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”). The page was also covered by Vanity Fair, The International Business Times, and The Herald-Sun.
- Facebook, LinkedIn Rank Like Airlines On User Satisfaction - InformationWeek reported on polls of social media users, who ranked Wikipedia at the top of several major social networks.
- Wikipedia Isn't Quite As Sexist as Everyone Thinks - Blogger Meghan Neal posted an article for the Motherboard discussing reinterpretation of gender survey results.
- Donations fuel Wikipedia engine - The Times (South Africa) covered recent fundraising efforts.
- Wicipedia Cymraeg: New manager looks to expand Wiki in Welsh - the BBC profiled Robin Llwyd ab Owain, a poet and former teacher who is spearheading efforts to increase contribution to the Welsh Wikipedia.
- Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham's staff deleted 'negative' Wikipedia references - The Telegraph reported on allegations that Andy Burnham was whitewashing his Wikipedia article.