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Wikipedia Is Losing Editors, But Why?
The number of people writing and amending content on the world's most expansive knowledge experiment, Wikipedia, has been in gradual decline for six years. A recent study from the University of Minnesota suggests that new rules and algorithms for quality control implemented in 2007 may be partially responsible.
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october 2013 by jaimoe
Wikipedia Is Getting Worse As It Gets Better | Popular Science
A newly published study at the University of Minnesota suggests that Wikipedia is getting worse...as it gets better. Wikipedia's initial strength, it says, was due to the enormous breadth of contributors, millions strong. But as it got bigger, Wikipedia instituted systems to keep out vandalism and maintain structure.
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october 2013 by jaimoe
Wikipedia's policies force mass exodus of new editors - world.edu
The self-proclaimed “free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” could be in violation of the deceptive statements provision set forth by the Federal Trade Commission, according to a recent study published by the journal “American Behavioral Scientist”. Three PhD students, led by Aaron Halfaker of the University of Minnesota, released their findings after conducting a four-year study. The study observed the editing activities of 100 random, new Wikipedia editors from 2006 to 2010. The study found that 25 percent of new editors’ changes to articles were reverted back to their original text in 2010. By comparison, only six percent of new editor updates were reverted in 2006.
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october 2013 by jaimoe
Trouble ahead for Wikipedia over loss of editors – study
A NEW STUDY looking at the decline of editors at Wikipedia has found that changes brought in by the website in recent years have contributed to the problem.
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october 2013 by jaimoe
The Daily Dot - Nobody wants to edit Wikipedia anymore
Wikipedia is famous for allowing anyone to edit its online encyclopedia entries. But does anyone still want to?

That's the question Wikipedia leaders and social science researchers are tackling. They've documented a drastic decline in the retention of new Wikipedia editors over the last five years.
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october 2013 by jaimoe
Wikipedia is scaring away new contributors, says study | Metro
According to a new study, the tools Wikipedia uses to protect itself from vandals and Internet trolls are actually discouraging new users from contributing to the site.
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october 2013 by jaimoe
Wikipedia Is Losing Contributors By the Thousands | The Mary Sue
According to a study published in the American Behavioral Science Journal, the number of Wikipedia’s English-language editors dropped 30% between 2006 and 2011, from 50,000 to 35,000. One of the major reasons for that is stricter standards for editors, meant to cut down on misinformation, that were introduced in 2007. That they would lead to a drop in contributors was expected. But, says lead researcher Aaron Halfaker, “What was most surprising was the scale of the problem.”
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october 2013 by jaimoe
The Demise of Wikipedia (Don’t Worry, Not Yet) | Big Ten Science
According to a new study from the University of Minnesota, the new rules are the cause for the decline. The tried and true veterans who don’t have to jump through hoops aren’t going anywhere, but the site is having an extremely difficult time retaining newbies.
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august 2013 by jaimoe

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