Source: Wikipedia’s Hostility to Women
But what is genuinely most fascinating, at least to me […] is the strange way it lets you write encyclopedia pagesâ€”the structures that have built up since its founding in 2001. The way that Wikipedia is composed is a good example of what happens when you build something so incredibly simple that anyone can use it, and then everyone does.
Can the site’s dwindling ranks of volunteer editors protect its articles from the influence of money?
Jarâ€™Edo Wens is an Australian aboriginal deity, the god of â€œphysical mightâ€ and â€œearthly knowledge.â€ Heâ€™s been name-dropped in books. Carved into rocks.
And, as of March,conclusively debunked.
There is no such figure, it turns out, in aboriginal mythology; instead, Jarâ€™Edo Wens was a blatant prank, a bald invention, dropped into Wikipedia nine years ago by some unknown and anonymous Australian. By the time editors found Jarâ€™Edo Wens, he had leaked off Wikipedia and onto the wider Internet.
He had also broken every other Wikipedia hoaxing record. At nine years, nine months and three long days, Jarâ€™Edo Wens is the longest-lived hoax found on the free encyclopedia yet.Â
Wikipedia helps us make sense of the world. In 277 languages from Ukrainian to Urdu, its 36 million articles deepen our understanding of the people, places and ideas that matter to us. While it can feel like a static resource, Wikipedia’s articles are born and nurtured through a thoroughly human process. Behind the scenes, thousands ofÂ WikipediansÂ craft policy that guides decisions about whether an article reflects aÂ neutral point of view, aÂ source should be considered reliable, or a subject isÂ notable enoughÂ to warrant an article.
GeographicÂ differences underlie many differences in editor perspectives. Each editor lives in a particular place in the world, reads specific languages, and represents some national culture. These geographic differences translate to differences between language Wikipedias…
Our research studiesÂ whereÂ information in Wikipedia comes from, a characteristic we callÂ geoprovenance. We focus on the four million Wikipedia articles about places that, along with information such as TripAdvisor reviews and geotagged flickr images, constitutes the rising class of information renowned geographer Michael Goodchild callsÂ volunteered geographic informationÂ (VGI)