On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM, Dan Bolser <dan.bolser@gmail.com> wrote:

Many people in my professional circle berate the quality of Wikipedia
(without any grounds, IMHO). It occurred to me recently that one
simple example of the quality of Wikipeida is the fact that you can
almost guarantee (IME) the correctness of the spelling in WP.

Has anyone ever done a systematic analysis of the number of spelling
errors compared to 'other' sites? It seems that when reading read-only
corporate or academic websites, spelling mistakes are not infrequent.

This would be a nice factoid to be able to throw out when the next
person says "well, I read it in WP so...". (Of course I'm assuming
spelling is a proxy for overall quality, which is clearly arguable,
but it's a good sign ;-).


If you're interested in this topic I would definitely look at and talk to the "Guild of Copy Editors" on English Wikipedia.[1] This is a very effective WikiProject which has monthly backlog elimination drives.[2] 

Steven Walling

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Guild_of_Copy_Editors
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Guild_of_Copy_Editors/Backlog_elimination_drives