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

Juliana Brunello juliana at networkcultures.org
Thu Apr 15 17:30:40 CEST 2010

The research idea is indeed interesting. However, it is not representative
enough. Only 22 articles were analyzed, all in the english wp. Also,
grading from 1 to 10 can be quite a subjective matter. I believe such
research should be further developed in order to deliver a better
knowledge of wp's FAs.


> Hello,
> This paper, published in the last edition of First Monday, may interest
> you.
> Cheers,
> Bia
> ====================================================================
> Evaluating quality control of Wikipedia's feature articles
> *David Lindsey*
> Abstract
> 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.
> Full Text:
> HTML<http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2721/2482>
> http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2721/2482
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