On Thursday, August 25, 2011, Daniel and Elizabeth Case wrote:
+1, Sarah (and I say this with even more conviction
having met you in
person). Wasn't there some data recently showing that women who become
admins are actually more likely to stick with it?
Returning to table 4, we see that overall, a greater proportion of males than females
become administrators. However, one major factor in successfully becoming an administrator
is having a substantial edit count, and we know from our earlier results that females are
more likely to leave Wikipedia before accumulating many edits. If we restrict our analysis
to users who have at least 2,000 edits (all but five administrators have over 2,000
edits),the tables are turned. Within this group of dedicated Wikipedians,females are
actually significantly more likely to become administrators than their male counterparts.
We also performed the same comparison using thresholds of 1,000 and 4,000 edits and
obtained the same qualitative result.