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How can Wikipedia woo women editors?
BBC News ^ | 7 April 2014 | Lynsea Garrison

Posted on 04/07/2014 6:34:56 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Women make up only 9% of Wikipedia editors. Educators say raising that number is key to improving the online encyclopaedia, and have started campaigns to do just that.

At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Depression-era artist Natalie Smith Henry's vivid depiction of a farm family hangs high on the wall.

But until recently, Henry didn't exist, at least not according to Wikipedia. Then Chelsea Tufarolo, a student at American University, decided to write her an article about her.

It was Tufarolo's first post on the world's largest knowledge-sharing resource.

Editors and activists are trying to address the root of what critics describe as a major information gap on Wikipedia by getting more women to post. Roughly 91% of Wikipedia's editors are men, according to a 2011 Wikimedia Foundation survey.

Wikipedia purports to capture the sum of the world's knowledge, says Sara Snyder, deputy chief of the Media and Technology Office at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

But "it's not accurate to call it the world's knowledge if it's just half the population's knowledge," she says.

Wikipedia hosts 4.4 million articles and consistently ranks as one of the top 10 most-visited websites in the world. Yet a Wikimedia study in 2011 revealed a fairly uniform picture of the writers behind Wikipedia - the average Wikipedian is a white, educated, computer-savvy man who lives in the US or Europe.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: academicbias; feminism; herstory; revisionisthistory; waronhistory; waronwomenmeme; wikibias; wikipedia

1 posted on 04/07/2014 6:34:56 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Pure Sexism.


2 posted on 04/07/2014 6:36:02 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: MinorityRepublican

why do they have to? so what? they don’t want to spend time doing that. what the hell is wrong with them doing what they want online?


3 posted on 04/07/2014 6:36:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Paladin2

I am glad they are addressing this issue, this keeps me up all night worrying about it.


4 posted on 04/07/2014 6:36:53 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Gee I thought 100% of Wiki’s editors were liberal pussy’s.


5 posted on 04/07/2014 6:38:06 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

How does Wikipedia know the sex of its editors?


6 posted on 04/07/2014 6:38:19 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Send money? No? How about some lovely flowers?


7 posted on 04/07/2014 6:38:34 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Perdogg
What about transgender authors/editors?

QueerGender?

8 posted on 04/07/2014 6:39:20 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: MinorityRepublican

They can form a Herpedia. What’s stopping them?


9 posted on 04/07/2014 6:39:51 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Repeal 16-17
"How does Wikipedia know the sex of its editors? "

Most just can't keep it to themselves.

Maybe Wiki needs to set up a gay editors' Bar, with free drinks.

10 posted on 04/07/2014 6:41:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Perdogg

Would you react differently to a Wiki entry if you knew the author was a woman? If so - who cares?


11 posted on 04/07/2014 6:41:28 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Make Wikipedia, about feelings


12 posted on 04/07/2014 6:42:06 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Repeal 16-17

Like I ever cared about the internal plumbing of an author. Why is that so important to man-hating feminists?


13 posted on 04/07/2014 6:42:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Educators say raising that number is key to improving the online encyclopedia,

Surely they aren't inferring that men and women are different, are they?

14 posted on 04/07/2014 6:43:28 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Does it really matter? It doesn’t erase the fact world history was made by men.


15 posted on 04/07/2014 6:44:31 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: MinorityRepublican

People are going to do what they are going to do.

Absent specific measurable incentives, people do what they want. That is what drives lefties batty. They think people should behave according to rules.

It is why they don’t even bother to make cRap movies anymore. Whites won’t watch them and Blacks just shoot each other in the theater lobby.

Guys post to Wikipedia, chicks don’t. What are you gonna do about it?


16 posted on 04/07/2014 6:44:47 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I’m sure Obama will pick up a phone and pen and make it right.


17 posted on 04/07/2014 6:44:53 PM PDT by teacherwoes (Alethephobia-fear of hearing the truth)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Free tampon coupons?


18 posted on 04/07/2014 6:45:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Surely they aren't inferring that men and women are different, are they?

In being politically correct, Wikipedia managed to be politically incorrect. Hilarious.

19 posted on 04/07/2014 6:46:09 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: freedumb2003

How far should gender balance be struck? Across ALL articles or only on those that interest women?


20 posted on 04/07/2014 6:46:49 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Wikipedia purports to capture the sum of the world's knowledge...

...and the sum of the world's balderdash.

21 posted on 04/07/2014 6:47:16 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Surely they aren't inferring that men and women are different, are they?


22 posted on 04/07/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican

Wikipedia editors are self selected. There is no need for them to be “wooed.”


23 posted on 04/07/2014 6:47:25 PM PDT by grundle
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To: goldstategop

>>How far should gender balance be struck? Across ALL articles or only on those that interest women?<<

Use the L.A. Coliseum solution: Delete all articles until you are left with 50% female-commented ones.

With the current 90+% of male authors it only means they will have to delete, what, 4 million entries?


24 posted on 04/07/2014 6:49:20 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: dfwgator

I told you - don’t call me Shirley!


25 posted on 04/07/2014 6:49:26 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Jagdgewehr

Much of it is pure fiction.

And given the biases of whoever edits any relevant article, trust the conclusions presented at your own risk.

Wikipedia carries no warranty as to the truthfulness of content, the reputation of its editors or the veracity of opinions expressed on wiki subject pages.


26 posted on 04/07/2014 6:50:38 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I was being sarcastic. I thought it was obvious.


27 posted on 04/07/2014 6:52:55 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: freedumb2003

Several million years worth of deletions in the name of the latest political fad.

I don’t think Wikipedia will spend much time on it.


28 posted on 04/07/2014 6:53:01 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Would you react differently to a Wiki entry if you knew the author was a woman? If so - who cares?

BINGO!

29 posted on 04/07/2014 6:54:13 PM PDT by GOPJ (.'Dog Shit' could be sold to 7 million citizens if the IRS fined those who refused to buy it...)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The way to draw women editors is to make sure that all the entries are about abortion and free contraception. Sandra Fluke explained that those are the only things women know or care about these days.


30 posted on 04/07/2014 7:10:40 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: MinorityRepublican

31 posted on 04/07/2014 7:30:03 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: madprof98

The answer is simple, MORE KIM KADASHIAN ENTRIES.

MORE TWILIGHT ENTRIES.

MORE BEYONCE BRAGGIN’ NEWS.

You know, make it more about herstory.


32 posted on 04/07/2014 7:30:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: MinorityRepublican

So shut the men up because there is not enough bimbos studying... it makes sense to destroy the West that way.

Ok. How about saying it is unfair Jesus is a man?

Privilege feministers need to go the Guillotine.


33 posted on 04/07/2014 7:35:22 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: a fool in paradise

“The answer is simple, MORE KIM KADASHIAN ENTRIES.

MORE TWILIGHT ENTRIES.

MORE BEYONCE BRAGGIN’ NEWS.

You know, make it more about herstory.”


I’m sorry you’ve had such shallow women in your life that you would have that opinion.

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34 posted on 04/07/2014 7:37:50 PM PDT by Mears
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Women make up only 9% of Wikipedia editors. Educators say raising that number is key to improving the online encyclopaedia, and have started campaigns to do just that.”

Huh? Can anybody explain to me how and why women editors can or will “improve” Wikipedia? Is the female version of facts different from the male version?


35 posted on 04/07/2014 8:37:51 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: mtrott

Read the article. There are more entries on porn stars than female artists, politicans, etc etc.


36 posted on 04/07/2014 9:09:11 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Maybe most women are too smart to waste their time working their asses off for no pay on somebody else’s project.


37 posted on 04/07/2014 9:38:03 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Tea Party Patriots Core Values! Constitutionally Limited Government or your Personal Freedom and Your Rights Free Market Economics or Economic Freedom to Grow Jobs and Your Opportunities Fiscal Responsibility or very simply, a Debt Free Future For You and Generations To Come. Exactly which of these three principles ticks off the Left and The GOP the most?
38 posted on 04/07/2014 11:37:26 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: MinorityRepublican
How can Wikipedia woo women editors?
A free boob job then abortions or contraceptives for a lifetime...Aren't those the things they care about most?
39 posted on 04/08/2014 12:18:27 AM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Thank you for posting this vital piece.

I must say I have been agonizing over this very question for about two years now.... just agonizing! /sarc


40 posted on 04/08/2014 1:06:19 AM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: Mears

I’m going by the internet top Yahoo/Google news items.

Of course we COULD use more revisionist history from the types of Gloria Steinem...


41 posted on 04/08/2014 8:25:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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