Consider the redirect: A missing dimension of Wikipedia research

Benjamin Mako Hill*, Aaron Shaw

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Redirects are special pages in wikis that silently transport visitors to other pages. Although redirects make up a majority of all article pages in English Wikipedia, they have attracted very little attention and are rarely taken into account by researchers. This note describes redirects and illustrates why they play an important role in shaping activity in Wikipedia. We also present a novel longitudinal dataset of redirects for English Wikipedia and the software used to produce it. Using this dataset, we revisit several important published findings about Wikipedia to show that accounting for redirects can have important effects on research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2014
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
PagesF5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330169
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2014 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Aug 27 2014Aug 29 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2014

Other

Other10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2014
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period8/27/148/29/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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