Patterns of revision in online writing - a study of Wikipedia's featured articles

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Patterns of revision in online writing - a study of Wikipedia's featured articles
Authors: John Jones [edit item]
Citation: Written Communication 25 (2): 262-289. 2008 April.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1177/0741088307312940.
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Patterns of revision in online writing - a study of Wikipedia's featured articles is a publication by John Jones.


[edit] Abstract

This study examines the revision histories of 10 Wikipedia articles nominated for the site's Featured Article Class (FAC), its highest quality rating, 5 of which achieved FAC and 5 of which did not. The revisions to each article were coded, and the coding results were combined with a descriptive analysis of two representative articles in order to determine revision patterns. All articles in both groups showed a higher percentage of additions of new material compared to deletions and revisions that rearranged the text. Although the FAC articles had roughly equal numbers of content and surface revisions, the non-FAC articles had fewer surface revisions and were dominated by content revisions. Although the unique features of the Wikipedia environment inhibit strict comparisons between these results and those of earlier revision studies, these results suggest revision in this environment places unique structural demands on writers, possibly leading to unique revision patterns.

[edit] Research questions

"what types of patterns exist in the revision histories of Wikipedia articles and what the relationship is between those patterns and quality writing in the encyclopedia. Specifically, researchers can ask, does quality writing in Wikipedia privilege macrostructure over microstructure revisions? Do Wikipedia’s editors make revisions that do not fit in these traditional categories? And what effects do the structure and organization of Wikipedia articles have on these revision patterns? The goal of this study is to answer these questions and to establish some initial conclusions about the patterns of revision that are evident in Wikipedia articles."

Research details

Topics: Antecedents of quality, Featured articles [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, History [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"This study examines the revision histories of 10 Wikipedia articles nominated for the site's Featured Article Class (FAC), its highest quality rating, 5 of which achieved FAC and 5 of which did not. The revisions to each article were coded, and the coding results were combined with a descriptive analysis of two representative articles in order to determine revision patterns. All articles in both groups showed a higher percentage of additions of new material compared to deletions and revisions that rearranged the text. Although the FAC articles had roughly equal numbers of content and surface revisions, the non-FAC articles had fewer surface revisions and were dominated by content revisions. Although the unique features of the Wikipedia environment inhibit strict comparisons between these results and those of earlier revision studies, these results suggest revision in this environment places unique structural demands on writers, possibly leading to unique revision patterns."

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AbstractThis study examines the revision historiesThis study examines the revision histories of 10 Wikipedia articles nominated for the site's Featured Article Class (FAC), its highest quality rating, 5 of which achieved FAC and 5 of which did not. The revisions to each article were coded, and the coding results were combined with a descriptive analysis of two representative articles in order to determine revision patterns. All articles in both groups showed a higher percentage of additions of new material compared to deletions and revisions that rearranged the text. Although the FAC articles had roughly equal numbers of content and surface revisions, the non-FAC articles had fewer surface revisions and were dominated by content revisions. Although the unique features of the Wikipedia environment inhibit strict comparisons between these results and those of earlier revision studies, these results suggest revision in this environment places unique structural demands on writers, possibly leading to unique revision patterns.sibly leading to unique revision patterns.
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Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
ConclusionThis study examines the revision historiesThis study examines the revision histories of 10 Wikipedia articles nominated for the site's Featured Article Class (FAC), its highest quality rating, 5 of which achieved FAC and 5 of which did not. The revisions to each article were coded, and the coding results were combined with a descriptive analysis of two representative articles in order to determine revision patterns. All articles in both groups showed a higher percentage of additions of new material compared to deletions and revisions that rearranged the text. Although the FAC articles had roughly equal numbers of content and surface revisions, the non-FAC articles had fewer surface revisions and were dominated by content revisions. Although the unique features of the Wikipedia environment inhibit strict comparisons between these results and those of earlier revision studies, these results suggest revision in this environment places unique structural demands on writers, possibly leading to unique revision patterns.sibly leading to unique revision patterns.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Doi10.1177/0741088307312940 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Patterns%2Bof%2Brevision%2Bin%2Bonline%2Bwriting%2B-%2Ba%2Bstudy%2Bof%2BWikipedia%27s%2Bfeatured%2Barticles%22 +
Has authorJohn Jones +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicAntecedents of quality + and Featured articles +
Issue2 +
MonthApril +
Pages262-289 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inWritten Communication +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questionswhat types of patterns exist in the revisiwhat types of patterns exist in the revision histories of Wikipedia articles and what the relationship is between those patterns and quality writing in the encyclopedia. Specifically, researchers can ask, does quality writing in Wikipedia privilege macrostructure over microstructure revisions? Do Wikipedia’s editors make revisions that do not fit in these traditional categories? And what effects do the structure and organization of Wikipedia articles have on these revision patterns? The goal of this study is to answer these questions and to establish some initial conclusions about the patterns of revision that are evident in Wikipedia articles.on that are evident in Wikipedia articles.
Revid10,901 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitlePatterns of revision in online writing - a study of Wikipedia's featured articles
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://wcx.sagepub.com/content/25/2/262.short +
Volume25 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle + and History +
Year2008 +