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This WikiProject aims primarily to design, implement, and discuss academic research about Wikipedia. We seek to better understand what promotes or circumscribes Wikipedia's success and why. We also seek to explore and rigorously evaluate new strategies for improving Wikipedia, and to archive research attempted by Wikipedians into related topics.
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Vandalism studies
- see also Wikipedia:WikiProject Research... appropriate to merge?
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- Wikipedia:Wikipediology A wealth of material, 2005 - 2007. Probably worth merging
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- Wikipedia in academic studies
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Wikidemia/Use of referencing and assessment - A brief survey of reference use in random articles.
for Proposed Studies, see the Research Questions lists below; all content at /Studies has been incorporated into specific study pages.
- Evaluations of changes in Wikipedia policies.
- What encourages initial contribution?
- What encourages retention and return? (for a separate study...)
- What encourages donations? Donation details, feedback, and variation.
- Visualizations : History Flow (I and II), &c.
- Wikipedia Quant Project: Quantitative and statistical analysis of Wikipedia content, community behavior, and policy change, to be performed on a new, multipurpose statistics server widely accessible to client researchers.
- Use in primary education : how is Wikipedia used in primary schools, as source or knowledge, as introduction to collaboration, as space for contributing local knowledge? Ditto for Wikimedia Commons.
Issues : How to identify classes of cases/user; what variations to impose (and how to implement them); then how to choose randomly among them to implement variation[s]; finally what data to collect [both primary and secondary metrics].
- Who contributes to Wikipedia? (demographics/ education / other volunteerism and community involvement)
- How does feedback to contributors affect subsequent propensities to contribute?
- What interventions can increase the quantity and quality of Wikipedia articles?
- What makes contributors mad? stressed?
- What makes contributors happy?
- What is the effect of contributors' emotional reactions on their contributions?
- What role do watchlists play in encouraging contributions and edit wars?
- What is the effect of placing an article on the Main Page as a featured article on readership and contributions?
- What steps are needed to secure accreditation on articles? Should there be any?
- Who reads Wikipedia articles?
- How well known is Wikipedia amongst the general population in various places around the world?
- What interventions can successfully publicize Wikipedia to larger audiences?
- Enhancing web usability, see for instance: Wikipedia:Easy navigation, Wikipedia:WikiProject Usability
- Promotion of Wikipedia and other MediaWiki projects at Meta
- What Wikipedia language editions exist, and why?
- What factors make a language edition grow?
- How are lacks of language planning (e.g. a lack of standardization) dealt with?
- What kind of inter-Wikipedia collaboration exists?
- How to compare language editions to each other?
- How can disputes (e.g., edit wars) be resolved more efficiently?
- How can vandalism be decreased or fixed more quickly?
- What categories does vandalism fall into, and how much of total vandalism does each category (e.g. advertising) represent?
- How long does vandalism typically remain visible before it is removed - statistical analysis needed. See for example Wikipedia talk:Don't protect Main Page featured articles/December Main Page FA analysis
- How effective are bots in helping deal with mischief? What strategies can we use to further their effectiveness?
- Who typically reverts vandalism? (figures for admins, regular editors, IP editors, bots)
- What effects does semi-protection have on levels of contribution and vandalism? Several articles should be studied before protection, during and after.
- What level of vandalism is acceptable; at what point is protection warranted?
- How can our best articles be kept in pristine condition?
- What policies and initiatives can we enact to prevent article deterioration
- A case study of 'edit creep' is needed
- What is the average quality of our articles?
- Is the average quality improving? Does a typical article improve over its lifespan? How quickly? What trends do we see?
- How can our article assessment system be improved?
- What percentage of articles cite no references at all?
- How (much) are the pages linked together? (Paths, Meshing)
- Which pages are visited together? How close are they in matter of content?
- How important is #wikipedia to the administration of Wikipedia?
Coherence and consistency
- How to promote coherence and consistency of Wikipedia guidelines, without hampering the freedom associated with Wikipedia's methods? discuss
- Can WikiProjects be coordinated with Portals and Categories in a comprehensive way from a more logical focus to help align Wikipedia - The Community with Wikipedia the encyclopedia? discuss
- How does collaboration in wikipedia differ/contrast, complement &/or extend more traditional forms of textual collaboration?
- Can lessons learned about wikipedia collaboration shed light on other forms of (online) collaboration?
- Do Wikipedians exhibit a hightened sense of community over other Internet communities? Why? Why not?
- Many different methodologies would be possible and useful.
- Some questions can be examined by direct analysis of existing field data.
- Running randomized evaluations will facilitate drawing causal inferences about results. A standard way to pre-test possible large-scale innovations in a neutral way is to identify a class of visitors, editors, or pages; select a randomized subset of that class; and introduce a variation to the randomized subset. Then metrics can be evaluated for both the subset and the entire class, and inferences drawn about what effects the variation had. Stratification can increase the statistical power of the evaluation.
- A user survey to which one could add important questions, would help inform background assumptions. Users who do not choose to be wholly anonymous in responding to such a survey could even partake in specialized control groups for some studies.
- Pilot studies - running small, short initial studies to provide an example of how to run and evaluate a study; and to iron out implementation details specific to Wikipedia and its community.
- Consent to participate
- Interventions may have unpredictable results
- Randomization may be difficult to sustain
General strategy and context
- Improving content of related articles :
- Research already going on (other wikiprojects, etc.) in the realm of web usability and Wikipedia as a web interface.
Economists study markets in ideas; volunteerism; bargaining; and information. Psychologists study motivation; conflict resolution;.... Sociologists study networks of ideas and people; the culture of organizations; norms of behavior;....