<CPOV> Evaluating quality control of Wikipedia's feature articles

Bia Martins bia.martins at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 16:39:57 CEST 2010


This paper, published in the last edition of First Monday, may interest you.




Evaluating quality control of Wikipedia's feature articles
*David Lindsey*

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Wikipedia’s
internal quality control mechanism, the “featured article” process, which
assesses articles against a stringent set of criteria. To this end, scholars
were asked to evaluate the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia featured
articles within their area of expertise. A total of 22 usable responses were
collected from a variety of disciplines. Out of the Wikipedia articles
assessed, only 12 of 22 were found to pass Wikipedia’s own featured article
criteria, indicating that Wikipedia’s process is ineffective. This finding
suggests both that Wikipedia must take steps to improve its featured article
process and that scholars interested in studying Wikipedia should be careful
not to naively believe its assertions of quality.

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