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Patterns of revision in online writing - a study of Wikipedia's featured articles
Abstract This 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.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Conclusion This 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 source Wikipedia pages  +
Doi 10.1177/0741088307312940 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Patterns%2Bof%2Brevision%2Bin%2Bonline%2Bwriting%2B-%2Ba%2Bstudy%2Bof%2BWikipedia%27s%2Bfeatured%2Barticles%22  +
Has author John Jones +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Antecedents of quality + , Featured articles +
Issue 2  +
Month April  +
Pages 262-289  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Written Communication +
Research design Content analysis  +
Research questions what 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.
Revid 10,901  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Patterns of revision in online writing - a study of Wikipedia's featured articles
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://wcx.sagepub.com/content/25/2/262.short  +
Volume 25  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , History  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:57  +
Categories Antecedents of quality  + , Featured articles  + , Information science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:16  +
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