On 11/06/2009 12:20 PM, Joseph Reagle wrote:
Given all the bots, both in terms of vandals and in repulsing them, I
am not sure the following question even makes sense: but how can we
characterize the ratio of productive to unproductive
contribution/edits on the English Wikipedia? Has this changed over
time? I do have figures from the literature on percentages (and their
deltas) for administrator activity, policy edits, time to revert
vandalism, etc. The only data point I can find is a single one: the
"Bush article had 28,000 revisions, one-third were reverts and,
conceivably, another third vandalism" (Spinellis, Louridas 2008).
Forgive me for the self-promotion, but I wonder if our paper:
Priedhorsky et al., "Creating, Destroying, and Restoring Value in
Wikipedia", GROUP 2007.
might be helpful. We did some analysis on the impact of damage (i.e.,
vandalism and other damaging edits) and that code could certainly be
revived, modernized, and extended. I can put you in touch with our
Wikipedia team if you are interested in pursuing that or collaborating.