Comparing featured article groups and revision patterns correlations in Wikipedia

  • Giacomo Poderi University of Stuttgart
Keywords: revision patterns, collaborative writing, Featured Article, Wikipedia


Collaboratively written by thousands of people, Wikipedia produces entries which are consistent with criteria agreed by Wikipedians and of high quality. This article focuses on Wikipedia’s Featured Articles and shows that not every contribution can be considered as being of equal quality. Two groups of articles are analysed by focusing on the edits distribution and the main editors’ contribution. The research shows how these aspects of the revision patterns can change dependent upon the category to which the articles belong.

Author Biography

Giacomo Poderi, University of Stuttgart
Giacomo Poderi obtained his Master degree with distinction in the European Studies of Society, Science and Technology programme in 2007/2008. His main research interests concerns virtual communities and on-line collaborative efforts with a particular focus on Free and Open Source Software. He recently started his PhD research on the Social Structures of FOSS communities at the University of Stuttgart.
How to Cite
Poderi, G. (2009). Comparing featured article groups and revision patterns correlations in Wikipedia. First Monday, 14(5).