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The other way around

By Richard Tylman (Wikipedia user Poeticbent)

Back in 2006 R.I.P. Aaron Swartz, a fellow Wikipedian, attempted to challenge the results of research presented by Jimbo Wales at Stanford – part of his standard talk. Wales revealed that over 50 per cent of the total number of edits in Wikipedia were made by the shocking 0.7% of users; while 73.4 per cent of all contributions, came from just 2% of them … 1,400 people in all. The remaining edits came from “people who [were] contributing … a minor change of a fact or a minor spelling fix.”[1] Skeptical yet curious, Swartz asked himself: “So did the Gang of 500 actually write Wikipedia?” He performed his own quantitative research, analyzing not the number of edits (pride and joy of long-established users); but rather, the actual letters per individual volunteer added into the current body of selected articles amounting to their actual content value.[1] The results were even

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