73.4 Percent of All Wikipedia Edits Are Made By Roughly 1,400 People

There are millions of people who browse Wikipedia in any given month, but only 2 percent of them (roughly 1,400) are responsible for editing nearly 75 percent of the information on the entire website.

via College OTR: 73.4 Percent of All Wikipedia Edits Are Made By Roughly 1,400 People.

Now there’s an interesting thought for you.

However, Digg says otherwise:

First, those statistics are old, there are many more regular editors on wikipedia today. Second, the so called “2% rule” is nothing new and is present on pretty much every web2.0 site, or any sort of system that involves user contribution. 90% of users are lurkers, another 8-9% are light content generators, and about 1-2% do most of the work. It follows a standard distribution bell curve.

Furthermore, this article is being very paranoid about the statistics. A small group of people may be responsible for most of the actual writing of articles, but that other 26.6% comes in the form of minor edits, corrections, fact-checking, and adding credible references. You will be extremely hard-pressed to find articles that were only written entirely by one person.

So there!

If it’s on the internet, it must be true. 😀


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