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Wikipedia dying

Thanks to its mad editors
Thu Aug 06 2009, 12:02

WACKYPEDIA'S growth is sloping off and it appears it is due to the bizarre antics of some of its editors.

For years, the INQ has been saying that within Wackypedia is a closed circle of editors with blinkered worldviews who are killing off real information.

Now Ed Chi and colleagues at the Palo Alto Research Center in California have said that the number of articles added per month flattened out at 60,000 in 2006 and has since declined by around a third.

The number of edits made every month and the number of active editors both stopped growing the following year, flattening out at around 5.5 million and 750,000 respectively.

The clique within Wackypedia is shutting out casual contributors who make infrequent changes by aggressively hacking entries so that they fit their own view of the universe.

Chi said that "occasional" editors who make just a single edit a month, have 25 per cent of their changes erased, or reverted by other editors. In 2003 that proportion was 10 per cent.

Chi told New Scientist new content was being shunned by this clique deterring new editors from taking part, thus reducing the number of people available to spot and correct the vandalism that constantly threatens the encyclopaedia. µ



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