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"Defending Wikipedia", presented at the Web 2.0 Summit by Jonathan Hochman

"Defending Wikipedia", presented at the Web 2.0 Summit by Jonathan Hochman

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  • 1. Defending Wikipedia Nov 5, 2008 Web 2.0 Summit
  • 2. Wikipedia seems to ranks first for many most generic search terms 228,247 page views in October Wikipedia traffic stats are available at
  • 3. High visibility attracts troublemakers
    • Vandals
    • Soapboxers, Cranks, Divas
    • Conspiracy theorists
    • Trolls, Griefers, Insane people
    • Nationalistic edit warriors
    • Racists, Hate mongers
    • Death threats, Suicide threats
    • Stalkers, Predators
    • Parasitic marketers, Spammers
  • 4. Patrols Patrols are used in Wikipedia to watch over a class of pages and take any appropriate actions. Most patrol actions are performed by individual Wikipedians , but some are performed by bots . There is a great need for patrols in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is huge (2.6+ million articles) . To help maintain reasonable quality a number of Wikipedia community members have set up long-standing patrols. Patrols focus on various pages , noticeboards and feeds . Many of the well-known patrols have hundreds of users, and are directly responsible as a first line against vandalism , or other potential problems.
  • 5. ClueBot , a famous patroller ” “ I am ClueBot. I am currently enabled. I currently have 769,303 contributions. “ I have attempted to revert 519 unique article/user combinations in the last 24 hours. I know of 994 different articles that have been vandalized in the last 48 hours. “ Teacher is the most vandalized page with a total of 11 vandalisms in the last 48 hours. Today's featured article is: NeXT .” -- Cobi ( t | c | b ) 09:53, 28 October 2008 (UTC) ClueBot reverts, warns, scans, and calls for help when needed. “
  • 6. Wikipedia Bots
    • Polite: play nicely with human editors.
    • Heuristics: scoring imitates human intellect.
    • Tedious work : scanning for open proxies, identifying copyright violations.
    • Free, open source : Anybody can view and use the code.
  • 7. Semi-automated Counter-vandalism tools Rollback, Twinkle, Huggle, VandalSniper, Lupin’s Anti-Vandal Tool – all open source. Automated scripts patrol for suspicious looking edits and bring them to the attention of a human operator. The human decides what needs to be done, and the script takes care of the details.
  • 8. Watchlists for manual patrolling
  • 9. Deletion Process
    • Removes cruft from the encyclopedia
    • Relies on group discussion
    • Helps editors who confuse Wikipedia with MySpace
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  • 11. WikiProjects
  • 12. The WikiMedia spam blacklist is public and free
  • 13. Dispute resolution
    • Fights lead to disruption. How we prevent fights:
    • Third opinion
    • Requests for comment
    • Mediation, for content issues
    • Arbitration, for behavioral issues
    • Appeal to Jimmy Wales (He usually just points to one of the above.)
  • 14. Arbitration is Wikipedia’s Supreme Court
    • Request for arbitration
    • Evidence, Discussion, Decision
    • Arbitrators are the village elders
  • 15. Arbitrators help resist cabalism
    • Arbitrators are elected by the community
    • As a group they can dismiss administrators who abuse power.
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  • 17. Want to know more?
    • On Wikipedia go to User talk:Jehochman and leave a message.
    • See also
  • 18.
    • There is one Internet. It is a shared resource.
    • You shall use neither bots nor macros to create links, nor to spread comments.
    • You shall not allow your advertising dollars to go to scrapers, scammers, nor spammers.
    • Honor your visitors. Do not sell impressions nor links to companies you do not vet.
    • Do not use of sock puppet accounts for vote stacking, spamming friend requests, nor other schemes.
    The Ten Commandments for Web 2.0
  • 19.
    • You shall not form cabals nor engage in elitist plots to disenfranchise people.
    • You shall not grieve other users by spoiling their fun, troll, nor post flame bait.
    • You shall not scrape content, plagiarize, nor assist in the theft of virtual assets.
    • You shall not distribute badware, scumware, spyware, nor malicious bots.
    • You shall not covet your neighbor’s traffic, nor engage in parasitic marketing.