1. Comparative "gender gaps"

    How do different language versions of Wikipedia fair with respect to the gender gap? (As was recently asked on the gendergap list.)

    My preliminary tabulation (of data from DaB via Brandon Harris) is below. It appears a lot of Russians gender declare. One of the odd things with the survey …

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  2. How many articles did Nupedia have?!?

    I was recently asked by a journalist -- doing the fact-checking quality journalism aspires to -- what was the basis for the claim that Nupedia had 24 completed articles when it crashed.

    "24 articles" is a frequently cited but rarely sourced factoid; I use this number myself in the book. However, it …

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  3. Wikipedia 10K redux: Top 20 contributors

    Here are the folks who appear to be the top 20 contributors to Wikipedia's first 10,000 edits. ('Josh Grosse' was combined with 'JoshuaGrosse', as well as 'Larry_Sanger' with 'LarrySanger'. The Internet addresses could also be one of the named people.)

          1724   TimShell
          1099   LarrySanger
          1035   JoshuaGrosse
           562   JimboWales
           434 …
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  4. Wikipedia 10K redux

    Sadly, for those of us interested in Wikipedia's history, much material has been lost. For example, I found that it was common for people involved in Wikipedia's founding to no longer have their e-mails from that period. (Public archives fared a little better, but not perfectly so, as seen in …

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  5. Amazon Turk versus Wikipedia

    Since I have been back in Cambridge, I have seen no less than three presentations by researchers at Harvard and MIT on the use of Amazon Turk in social science experiments. I don't think it's a stretch to say that the ability to easily and efficiently recruit experimental subjects online …

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  6. Weinberger and BLPs

    A few weeks ago I sat down with David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous, to talk about Wikipedia. When David asked me if concerns about Wikipedia quality persist, I noted that since 2005-2007, when a number of comparative quality studies were published, much of the criticism has moved to …

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  7. Troll-plex: Trolls 2.0

    A convergence of events and reading has me thinking about trolls. First, I recently began reading Bill Eddy's High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, which I think will be relevant to conflict management (online or otherwise) and trolls. Second, in reviewing the literature on gender dynamics in online community I've …

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