Vandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior

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Vandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior
Authors: Michael Lorenzen [edit item]
Citation: MLA forum 5 : . 2006.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia 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.

[edit] Research questions

"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?"

Research details

Topics: Deliberative collaboration, Vandalism [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Ethnography [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, History [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"It concludes that Wikipedia does have a good system in place that can protect the integrity of articles in many instances."

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AbstractWikipedia 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.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
ConclusionIt concludes that Wikipedia does have a good system in place that can protect the integrity of articles in many instances.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
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Has authorMichael Lorenzen +
Has domainInformation systems +
Has topicDeliberative collaboration + and Vandalism +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inMLA forum +
Research designEthnography +
Research questionsThis 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?
Revid10,909 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleVandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://www.mlaforum.org/volumeV/issue2/article2.html +
Volume5 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle + and History +
Year2006 +