Vandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior

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Vandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior
Authors: Michael Lorenzen
Citation: MLA forum 5 (2): missing pages. 2006 December
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Vandals, administrators, and sockpuppets, oh my! An ethnographic study of Wikipedia's handling of problem behavior describes a study on vandalism on Wikipedia.

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[edit] Methods

Observation of the page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Vandalism_in_progress for several months, particularly the dates October 4th through October 7th, 2005 and November 7th through November 28th, 2005 were examined.

Note that "Vandalism in Progress" page has been moved to "Wikipedia:Requests for investigation", see e.g., [1].

[edit] Results

Little quantitative results are presented.

  • "The time timeframes studied had hundreds of reports of vandalism"
  • "not all reported vandal behavior is vandalism"
  • "16 false reports" (vandalism reports)
  • "A total of 39 user bans were handed out during the two timeframes covered by the study" and "these bans were for four to 48 hours".
  • Also sock puppets discussions were monitored and "During the two timeframes noted, there were 30 sock puppet reports to the vandalism page."

Some of the edits commented on might be, e.g., [2]

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