Creating, destroying, and restoring value in Wikipedia

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Creating, destroying, and restoring value in Wikipedia is a 2007 publication written in English by Reid Priedhorsky, Jilin Chen, Shyong Tony, Katherine Panciera, Loren Terveen, John Riedl.

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Wikipedia's brilliance and curse is that any user can edit any of the encyclopedia entries. We introduce the notion of the impact of an edit, measured by the number of times the edited version is viewed. Using several datasets, including recent logs of all article views, we show that an overwhelming majority of the viewed words were written by frequent editors and that this majority is increasing. Similarly, using the same impact measure, we show that the probability of a typical article view being damaged is small but increasing, and we present empirically grounded classes of damage. Finally, we make policy recommendations for Wikipedia and other wikis in light of these findings.

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