2011 editors survey:




See Q5a and Q5b on page 53 in particular.





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Subject: [Wiki-research-l] Motivations for editing Wikipedia


Hi all,

Has there been research done on what "sells" people into getting started on Wikipedia in the first place, particularly for editors who to on to make >5 edits?

For example:

1. It's fun

2. I'm part of a class that has Wikipedia editing as an option or requirement

3. I edit to fulfill required community service hours

4. I'm an advocate for a cause

5. I'm a member of <culture/language/religion/geography> and I want to share it with the world

6. I'm interested in subject <x> and I like to publish information about it.

6. I want to talk with other people who are interested in <x>

7. I want to be part of a social network

8. I'm paid to edit on behalf of an individual or organization

9. I want to expose misconduct

10. I want to start or edit my own biography

11. I want to start or edit the article about my own organization, product or service

12. I want to start or edit the article about a competitor's organization, product or service



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The deep rock of our past, in which we must delve
The well of our future,
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And the broad fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not know.
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