my2cents re figures on percentages (... in a gender binary paradigm), well...
I'd suggest to take into account User:Pundit's thoughtful considerations,
author of: Jemielniak, Dariusz (2014), Common knowledge? An ethnography
of Wikipedia, Stanford University Press, pp. 14-15
Dariusz Jemielniak writes:
"According to Wikipedia Editors Study, published in 2011, 91 percent of all Wikipedia
editors are male ([reference to a study of 2011] This figure may not be accurate, since it
is based on a voluntary online survey advertised to 31,699 registered users and resulting
on 5,073 complete and valid responses [...] it is possible that male editors are more
likely to respond than female editors. Similarly, a study of self-declarations of gender
showing only 16 percent are female editors (Lam et al. 2011) may be distorted, since more
females may choose not to reveal their gender in a community perceived as male
additionally, asserting status and flaunting seniority (also described by Jemielniak at
the end of the paragraph previous to the one quoted above) is generally perceived to be a
commonly employed trick to resist any changes;
and, last but not least, one might argue that the group perceived as "in power"
might feel to find strongly unbalanced outcomes most rewarding, and hence might tend to
publish them as widely as possible and not least quote from them persistently, too...
any rebuttals from stats experts here?
My GPG-Key-ID: DDD21523
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From:Jane Darnell <jane023(a)gmail.com>
To:Research into Wikimedia content and communities <wiki-research-
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Subject:[Wiki-research-l] Fwd: [Gendergap] Wikipedia readers
Forwarding here in case anyone has information
that could benefit Yana
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From: Jane Darnell <jane023(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Gendergap] Wikipedia readers
To: "Addressing gender equity and exploring ways
to increase the participation of women within
Wikimedia projects." < gendergap(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
In 2013 the Dutch Wikimedia chapter hired an
external party to conduct a survey and the results
(translated to English) are here:
The study was split into two parts; one on the
contributors and one on the "users", aka readers.
Users were 50/50 male female (page 51),
contributors were 88% male, 6% female, and 6%
would not say (page 26)
On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 8:11 AM, Yana Welinder
> Hi all,
> What are some good studies of the gender of Wikipedia readers?
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