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Unpublished Paper
A Content-Driven Reputation System for the Wikipedia
Technical Report ucsc-crl-06-18, School of Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz. (2006)
  • B. Thomas Adler, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Luca de Alfaro, University of California, Santa Cruz
Abstract

On-line forums for the collaborative creation of bodies of information are a phenomenon of rising importance; the Wikipedia is one of the best-known examples. The open nature of such forums could benefit from a notion of reputation for its authors. Author reputation could be used to flag new contributions from low-reputation authors, and it could be used to allow only authors with good reputation to contribute to controversial or critical pages. A reputation system for the Wikipedia would also provide an incentive to give high-quality contributions.

We present in this paper a novel type of content-driven reputation system for Wikipedia authors. In our system, authors gain reputation when the edits and text additions they perform to Wikipedia articles are long-lived, and they lose reputation when their changes are undone in short order. We have implemented the proposed system, and we have used it to analyze the entire Italian and French Wikipedias,consisting of a total of 691,551 pages and 5,587,523 revisions. Our results show that our notion of reputation has good predictive value: changes performed by low-reputation authors have a significantly larger than average probability of having poor quality, and of being undone.

Keywords
  • Wikipedia,
  • Reputation,
  • Reputation System,
  • Mining Revision History,
  • Collaborative Information Systems
Disciplines
Publication Date
November, 2006
Citation Information
B. Thomas Adler and Luca de Alfaro. A Content-Driven Reputation System for the Wikipedia. Technical Report ucsc-crl-06-18, School of Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2006.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/luca_de_alfaro/3