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Edit Wars and Spammers: The Weird Side of Wikipedia

Sunday, January 16, 2022 2pm to 3pm

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Wikipedia is a valuable resource, whether your grade school teachers acknowledge it or not. Yet behind the articles and sources is a massive community of editors and contributors who maintain and expand the Wikipedia project. This massive experiment in collaboration has been incredibly successful and is used by billions of people in nearly every language. Any community that large and diverse inevitably produces divisions, disagreements, and factions, which Wikipedia’s online nature has only served to exacerbate. Come to my class if you’re interested in the times Wikipedia drama got crazy, from edit wars over the names of tiny towns to the Scottish Language Problem. We’ll also be learning about the more commonplace activities that drive Wikipedia, such as editing and article creation. Led by Joseph Rumelhart.

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