wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Mon Feb 19 13:31:20 PST 2007
Is there any scholarship on why people vandalize Wikipedia and other
I've been doing Wikip. entries and edits for about 6 months, and I
amazed/dismayed at what I see.
Really childish stuff about actress B having big breasts (less respectable
word being used) and Actress S being "pie-faced". Plus a lot of people
writing F--k on entries at random sites.
(No, I am not being squeamish, but I thought that you or your filter might
Why this, especially when the Wiki police are so efficient on taking it
down. But what social or psychological gratification does it serve?
Naively, Barry Wellman
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Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
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