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1 Defending Wikipedia Nov 5, 2008 Web 2.0 Summit 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. Wikipediansbots 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.Wikipedia community members 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.vandalism

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.”TeacherNeXT -- Cobi(t|c|b) 09:53, 28 October 2008 (UTC)Cobicb 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


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 1.Request for arbitration 2.Evidence, Discussion, Decision 3.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.


17 Want to know more? On Wikipedia go to User talk:Jehochman and leave a message. See also WP:VANDAL, WP:SPAM, WP:HARASS, WP:COI, WP:WAR, WP:TROLL

18 1.There is one Internet. It is a shared resource. 2.You shall use neither bots nor macros to create links, nor to spread comments. 3.You shall not allow your advertising dollars to go to scrapers, scammers, nor spammers. 4.Honor your visitors. Do not sell impressions nor links to companies you do not vet. 5.Do not use of sock puppet accounts for vote stacking, spamming friend requests, nor other schemes. The Ten Commandments for Web 2.0

19 6.You shall not form cabals nor engage in elitist plots to disenfranchise people. 7.You shall not grieve other users by spoiling their fun, troll, nor post flame bait. 8.You shall not scrape content, plagiarize, nor assist in the theft of virtual assets. 9.You shall not distribute badware, scumware, spyware, nor malicious bots. 10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s traffic, nor engage in parasitic marketing. for-online-marketers-13386.php

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