On 05/31/2014 08:27 PM, James Salsman wrote:
Individual editors' skill with wikitext should be
almost all of the systemic biases from which we suffer [...]
I have (non-CS) engineer friends that, upon hitting that edit button,
basically went "Gak! No way!"
Wikitext resitricts editing to pretty much only "computer science
professionals, highly computer-literate professionals (which excludes
most of Academia -- have you ever done IT support for a university?),
and westerners with enough leisure time to learn it the hard way".
This is, optimistically, 1-2% of the world, only a small fraction of
which are women.
There's no way to *not* have a catastrophic systemic bias with those
demographics that pretty much excludes the vast majority of academia,
most cultures, and selects strongly against women.