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Alaric Hall is an academic working on north-west European medieval history, literature and language, and on modern Icelandic culture. See further

For some of his opinions about Wikipedia, see 'Are you an academic who vandalises Wikipedia? Then stop it!' and 'How to Change (Medieval) History'.

He also looks after the account

He loves and

A short Wikipedia bibliography[edit]

These are some of my favourite studies on Wikipedia, focusing on its epistemological validity in relation to history (mostly as of summer 2017) and a few more recent pieces on editors' gender:

  • Adler, Melissa, 'Wikipedia and the Myth of Universality', Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling, 5.1 (2016), 9-13.
  • Ármann Jakobsson, 'Beware of the Elf! A Note on the Evolving Meaning of Álfar', Folklore, 126 (2015), 215-23, DOI: (Not on Wikipedia as such, but it starts by criticising a Wikipedia article I'd rewritten, and I later edited the article in the light of the publication—a nice story of scholarship doing its job.)
  • Bear, Julia B. and Benjamin Collier, 'Where are the Women in Wikipedia? Understanding the Different Psychological Experiences of Men and Women in Wikipedia', Sex Roles, 74(5-6) (2016), 254–65. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0573-y
  • Fallis, Don, 'Toward an Epistemology of Wikipedia', Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 59 (2008), 1662-74
  • Ford, Heather, 'Fact Factories: Wikipedia and the Power to Represent' (unpublished D.Phil. thesis, University of Oxford, 2015).; DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4068.9361
  • Ford, Heather, ‘Wikipedia and the Sum of All Human Information’, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling, 5.1 (2016), 9-13.
  • Ford, Heather and Judy Wajcman, '"Anyone Can Edit", Not Everyone Does: Wikipedia’s Infrastructure and the Gender Gap', Social Studies of Science, 47.4 (2017), 511-27.
  • Goodwin, Jean, 'The Authority of Wikipedia', in Argument Cultures: Proceedings of OSSA 09, ed. by J. Ritola (2009), pp. 1-21.
  • Impey, Chris David, Martin Formanek, Sanlyn Rebecca Buxner, Matthew C. Wenger, 'Twenty Seven Years of Tracking Undergraduate Science Knowledge and Beliefs', Electronic Journal of Science Education, 21.4 (2017), 41-64.
  • Jemielniak, Dariusz and Eduard Aibar, 'Bridging the Gap Between Wikipedia and Academia', Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67 (2016), 1773–76.
  • Mai, Jens-Erik, 'Wikipedians' Knowledge and Moral Duties', Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling, 5.1 (2016), 15-22.
  • Mesgari, Mostafa, Chitu Okoli, Mohamad Mehdi, Finn Årup Nielsen, and Arto Lanamäki, ' “The Sum of All Human Knowledge”: A Systematic Review of Scholarly Research on the Content of Wikipedia', Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66 (2015), 219–45; (the various other Wikipedia literature reviews by these authors are also amazing!)
  • Sanger, Lawrence M., 'The Fate of Expertise after Wikipedia', Episteme, 6 (2009), 52-73;
  • Shaw, Aaron and Eszter Hargittai, 'The Pipeline of Online Participation Inequalities: The Case of Wikipedia Editing', Journal of Communication, 68.1 (2018), 143–68. doi:10.1093/joc/jqx003
  • Wagner, Claudia, Eduardo Graells-Garrido, David Garcia, Filippo Menczer, 'Women Through the Glass Ceiling: Gender Asymmetries in Wikipedia', European Physical Journal: Data Science, 5.5 (December 2016), 1-24, (doesn't just talk about the gendering of contributors, but also how the encyclopaedia represents women)
  • West, Charles, 'Wikipedia in the History Classroom' (29 May 2018)
  • Wray, K. Brad, 'The Epistemic Cultures of Science and Wikipedia: A Comparison', Episteme, 6 (2009), 38-51; (Wray is a useful go-to if you want to cite someone who has misunderstood Wikipedia!)

Barnstars etc.[edit]

Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
For knowledge, skill and diligence in improving a variety of articles related to medieval studies and oral tradition -- DavidOaks (talk) 20:42, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For an excellent blog post and sterling work creating and editing articles! Best, Matty.007 13:21, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
Asia medal.svg The Asian Month Barnstar
Thanks for your great contribution in Wikipedia Asian Month 2015! --AddisWang (talk) 14:29, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
Solidarity.png Solidarity
Thanks for all your hard work on this! All the best, Stinglehammer (talk) 01:58, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For extensive contributions to the articles on and relating to the Celtic language decline in England. Awarded by Cdjp1 on 19 July 2018.
AfC-barnstar-remake.png The Articles for Creation barnstar
Here is a reward! I know what you did was minimal but it was possibly the tipping point in creating Margin of Safety (book). Thank you Alarichall! :) Aviartm (talk) 03:32, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Thanks for always being to helpful! Lajmmoore (talk) 17:42, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
Learning Arabic calligraphy.jpg For helping with Arabic names!
It's really appreciated! Lajmmoore (talk) 08:45, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
I've been reading about Arabic literature lately, and keep coming across high-quality articles written by you. Thank you for Rayat al-mubarrizin wa-ghayat al-mumayyazin and Lamiyyat al-'Arab!

Cerebellum (talk) 12:44, 30 December 2019 (UTC)

Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
Thanks for making Wikipedia more useful Ninjas.Warrior (talk) 12:30, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
Editor of the week barnstar.svgThis user received the Editor of the Week award.