Deletion discussions in Wikipedia: Decision factors and outcomes

Jodi Schneider, Alexandre Passant, Stefan Decker

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Abstract

Deletion of articles is a common process in Wikipedia, in order to ensure the overall quality of the encyclopedia. Yet, there is a need to better understand the procedures in order to promote the best decisions without unnecessary community work. In this paper, we study deletion in Wikipedia, drawing from factor analysis, and taking an in-depth, content-analysis-based approach. We address three research questions: First, what factors contribute to the decision about whether to delete a given article? Second, when multiple factors are given, what is the relative importance of those factors? Third, what are the outcomes of deletion discussions, both for articles and for the community? We find that multiple factors contribute to the assessment of an article, and we discuss their relative frequency. Further, we show how the assessment timeline focuses attention on improving borderline articles that have the potential to meet Wikipedia's content inclusion policies, and we highlight the role of novice contributors in this improvement process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2012 - Linz, Austria
Duration: Aug 27 2012Aug 29 2012

Publication series

NameWikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

Other

Other8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2012
CountryAustria
CityLinz
Period8/27/128/29/12

Keywords

  • Wikipedia
  • articles for deletion
  • collaboration and conflict
  • decision-making
  • factors analysis
  • novices
  • online argumentation
  • values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications

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