Skip to comments.How can Wikipedia woo women editors?
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 ...
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?
I am glad they are addressing this issue, this keeps me up all night worrying about it.
Gee I thought 100% of Wiki’s editors were liberal pussy’s.
How does Wikipedia know the sex of its editors?
Send money? No? How about some lovely flowers?
They can form a Herpedia. What’s stopping them?
Most just can't keep it to themselves.
Maybe Wiki needs to set up a gay editors' Bar, with free drinks.
Would you react differently to a Wiki entry if you knew the author was a woman? If so - who cares?
Make Wikipedia, about feelings
Like I ever cared about the internal plumbing of an author. Why is that so important to man-hating feminists?
Surely they aren't inferring that men and women are different, are they?
Does it really matter? It doesn’t erase the fact world history was made by men.
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?
I’m sure Obama will pick up a phone and pen and make it right.
Free tampon coupons?
In being politically correct, Wikipedia managed to be politically incorrect. Hilarious.
How far should gender balance be struck? Across ALL articles or only on those that interest women?