Page protection: Another missing dimension of Wikipedia research

Benjamin Mako Hill, Aaron Shaw

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Abstract

Page protection is a feature of wiki software that allows administrators to restrict contributions to particular pages. For example, pages are frequently protected so that they can only be edited by administrators. Page protection affects tens of thousands of pages in English Wikipedia and renders many of Wikipedia's most visible pages uneditable by the vast majority of visitors. That said, page protection has attracted very little attention and is rarely taken into account by researchers. This note describes page protection and illustrates why it plays an important role in shaping user behavior on wikis. We also present a new longitudinal dataset of page protection events for English Wikipedia, the software used to produce it, and results from tests that support both the validity of the dataset and the impact of page protection on patterns of editing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336666
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 19 2015
Event11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2015Aug 21 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015

Other

Other11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period8/19/158/21/15

Keywords

  • Page protection
  • Peer production
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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