A data-driven sketch of Wikipedia editors

Robert West, Ingmar Weber, Carlos Castillo

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Abstract

Who edits Wikipedia? We attempt to shed light on this question by using aggregated log data from Yahoo!'s browser toolbar in order to analyzeWikipedians' editing behavior in the context of their online lives beyond Wikipedia. We broadly characterize editors by investigating how their online behavior differs from that of other users; e.g., we find that Wikipedia editors search more, read more news, play more games, and, perhaps surprisingly, are more immersed in pop culture. Then we inspect how editors' general interests relate to the articles to which they contribute; e.g., we confirm the intuition that editors show more expertise in their active domains than average users. Our results are relevant as they illuminate novel aspects of what has become many Web users' prevalent source of information and can help in recruiting new editors. Copyright is held by the author/owner(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWWW'12 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on World Wide Web Companion
Pages631-632
Number of pages2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event21st Annual Conference on World Wide Web, WWW'12 - Lyon, France
Duration: 16 Apr 201220 Apr 2012

Other

Other21st Annual Conference on World Wide Web, WWW'12
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period16/4/1220/4/12

Keywords

  • Editors
  • Expertise
  • Web usage
  • Wikipedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Cite this

West, R., Weber, I., & Castillo, C. (2012). A data-driven sketch of Wikipedia editors. In WWW'12 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on World Wide Web Companion (pp. 631-632) https://doi.org/10.1145/2187980.2188162