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Rebecca Lee

Can Automated Editorial Tools Help Wikipedia's Declining Volunteer Workforce? - 1 views

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    An article from Technology Review discusses an important question many people bring up about the quality of articles on wikipedia. It also discusses the relatively small number of dedicated editors who play a fundamental role in the community. Due to the small number of editors and authoritative contributors to many of the articles on Wikipedia, the article also discusses that an algorithm that assesses the quality of Wikipedia articles could reassure visitors and help focus editors on entries that need improving. The computer scientists (Xiangju Qin and Pádraig Cunningham) have developed automated editorial tool that may reduce the workload that remains for the volunteer workforce.
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    The Wikipedia guy who came to speak told me about this article -- it's a big deal in the Wikipedia community.
Amanda French

Gumby: Difference between revisions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 1 views

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    Note that it took 13 minutes for Jonathan's malicious misinformation about Gumby to go away. Not too shabby.
Amanda French

Web 2.0 Expo SF 2008: Clay Shirky | Gin, Television, and Cognitive Surplus - 0 views

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    Here's a tremendously engaging video of Clay Shirky giving the talk I just linked to about where people find the time to edit Wikipedia -- he thinks they probably stop watching TV. Which do you think is more productive?

    Another great quote from this piece:

    "So if you take Wikipedia as a kind of unit, all of Wikipedia, the whole project--every page, every edit, every talk page, every line of code, in every language that Wikipedia exists in--that represents something like the cumulation of 100 million hours of human thought. I worked this out with Martin Wattenberg at IBM; it's a back-of-the-envelope calculation, but it's the right order of magnitude, about 100 million hours of thought. And television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way, now that we have a unit, that's 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television."
Amanda French

Worldchanging | Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - 0 views

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    In response to the person who said in class that people who edit Wikipedia "have a lot of time on their hands" -- see this 2008 piece by Very Smart Guy and NYU professor Clay Shirky, who points out that editing Wikipedia is a more productive use of time than watching TV. Which, somehow, a lot of people also seem to have a lot of time to do.

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    "I was being interviewed by a TV producer to see whether I should be on their show, and she asked me, "What are you seeing out there that's interesting?"

    I started telling her about the Wikipedia article on Pluto. You may remember that Pluto got kicked out of the planet club a couple of years ago, so all of a sudden there was all of this activity on Wikipedia. The talk pages light up, people are editing the article like mad, and the whole community is in an ruckus--"How should we characterize this change in Pluto's status?" And a little bit at a time they move the article--fighting offstage all the while--from, "Pluto is the ninth planet," to "Pluto is an odd-shaped rock with an odd-shaped orbit at the edge of the solar system."


    So I tell her all this stuff, and I think, "Okay, we're going to have a conversation about authority or social construction or whatever." That wasn't her question. She heard this story and she shook her head and said, "Where do people find the time?" That was her question. And I just kind of snapped. And I said, "No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from. It comes from the cognitive surplus you've been masking for 50 years.""
Amanda French

Wikipedia:Wikipedians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 0 views

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    The Wikipedia page on Wikipedians - demographics, proportions, and the rest.
Ellie Cattle

Comparison of XML editors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 0 views

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    Wikipedia's page on the different XML editors that are available.
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    Probably no one in the class will ever need to use an XML editor -- and in any case, really you can just use a plain text editor -- but thanks for finding it! Everyone I know who creates XML uses oXygen.
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