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article imageWikipedia 'edit wars' : George W. Bush, among contentious topics

By Timothy Whitt     Jul 23, 2013 in Internet
It appears there are many things Wikipedia editors can't agree on, Jesus, George W. Bush and the Prophet Muhammad among them.
Researchers from Oxford University in England as well as three other institutions analyzed page edits in at least three editions of the online encyclopedia, specifically looking for how quickly edits were reversed.
What they found was that religion proved to be very controversial, with the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus and Christianity all featuring in the top 10 most debated topics in the English language edition.
And it may be over four years since George W. Bush last set foot in the White House but he still remains the most diverse figure for the English speaking world, topping the Wikipedia list.
Researchers tested how controversial particular topics were by "reverts" in the text — where facts had been edited, and then edited again to say exactly what they had before. Researchers found the more controversial the topic the more people would edit and reedit the Wikipedia posts.
According to researchers the Top 10 most contentious topics in the English language, the ones people war over the most when it comes to getting the facts right on Wikipedia, are:
George W Bush
LWWEe (List of World Wrestling Entertainment, Including Employees)
Global warming
United States
Race and intelligence
The report also breaks down the most contentious subjects on Wikipedia in many other languages. The French are most concerned about UFO's; the Hungarians Gypsy Crime. In Romania is was soccer team Universitatea Craiova.
Researchers also found topics such as Jesus, religion, Christianity, Islam and philosophy made many lists.
The full report can be found here.
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