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Vandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior
Abstract Wikipedia is a 21st Century phenomena whicWikipedia is a 21st Century phenomena which is forcing many to reconsider what is and what is not valid and authoritative online. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. This creates many opportunities to expand knowledge but it also opens the project up to vandalism and abuse. Many writers have commented on this and determined that Wikipedia has a good defense against problematic behavior even if these same writers are unsure of the legitimacy of Wikipedia as a whole. Other writers have noted the need for identified authors for legitimacy to be attainable. This ethnographic study looks at a public system that Wikipedia uses to identify and correct problem behaviors from contributors. It concludes that Wikipedia does have a good system in place that can protect the integrity of articles in many instances. However, this study was limited in scope and was unable to determine if the system in place for abuse reporting is truly able to vouch for the status of Wikipedia as an authoritative resource.of Wikipedia as an authoritative resource.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion It concludes that Wikipedia does have a good system in place that can protect the integrity of articles in many instances.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Vandals%2C%2Badministrators%2C%2Band%2Bsockpuppets%2C%2Boh%2Bmy%21%2BAn%2Bethnographic%2Bstudy%2Bof%2BWikipedia%27s%2Bhandling%2Bof%2Bproblem%2Bbehavior%22  +
Has author Michael Lorenzen +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Deliberative collaboration + , Vandalism +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in MLA forum +
Research design Ethnography  +
Research questions This ethnographic study looks at a public This ethnographic study looks at a public system that Wikipedia uses to identify and correct problem behaviors from contributors. This study was conducted to examine the formal abuse detection method of Wikipedia. In particular, is the Wikipedia community successful in combating problematic behavior from some users?ting problematic behavior from some users?
Revid 10,909  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Vandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://www.mlaforum.org/volumeV/issue2/article2.html  +
Volume 5  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , History  +
Year 2006  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:32:38  +
Categories Deliberative collaboration  + , Vandalism  + , Information systems  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:26  +
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