Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wikipedia Wants to Close the Gender Gap

Roughly 9 out of 10 Wikipedia contributors are male. The Wikimedia Foundation considers that to be a problem, and wants to change it

17 Comments:

At 12/08/2011 5:03 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Why doesn't Wikisleazia work on closing the BS gap first?

 
At 12/08/2011 5:17 PM, Blogger RDCushing said...

I agree @juandos! Then, maybe they could just double the payment to female contributors. (Oh, wait. Two times zero is still....)

 
At 12/08/2011 5:53 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

right on, Juandos.

 
At 12/08/2011 7:16 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I took an online class for fun a couple years ago at the community college here...online classes require a lot of writing on message boards in the place of class discussion. I found it very amusing: every time I saw something well written but factually questionable/inaccurate, I'd look it up on Wikipedia...sure enough, without fail, that student was copy and pasting.

 
At 12/08/2011 7:25 PM, Blogger Marko said...

Perhaps they need to have more topics related to celebrity gossip and shoes.

 
At 12/08/2011 7:25 PM, Blogger rjs said...

what % of contributors to carpe diem are male?

 
At 12/08/2011 7:33 PM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

rjs says: "what % of contributors to carpe diem are male?"

I noticed women like to talk more than type.

 
At 12/08/2011 7:35 PM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

To women, it seems, a phone is more important than a computer.

 
At 12/08/2011 7:44 PM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

Yes, my comment may seem sexist. However, women may have more important things to do, like cooking dinner.

 
At 12/08/2011 8:17 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Wikipedia may want to advertise on a barn in the game FarmVille. The average player is female, 40 years old and spends 68 minutes on FarmVille.

So, Wikipedia could design a graphic to advertise on the side of FarmVille barns, to engage the core audience.

FarmVille is a Facebook game, and the audience is huge. This is why Lady Gaga debuts songs on her virutal farm GagaVille, on FarmVille, on Facebook. That's it, Wiki needs its own farm, WikiAcres.

 
At 12/08/2011 8:54 PM, OpenID Sprewell said...

There was a good Econtalk interview with Baumeister recently, about the difference between the genders, which has some insight into why this is so. As Larry Summers noted to some controversy, there are more males at the low and high ends of the intelligence spectrum and my guess is that a lot of the dumb males from the low end spent a lot of time on wikipedia, obsessively writing and fighting over dumb issues, all for free. As soon as a paid site comes along, it will crush the donation-funded wikipedia and their rabble will disappear.

 
At 12/08/2011 11:50 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Hitler Hears About The Collapse Of The Eurozone

 
At 12/09/2011 12:12 AM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Look. Women, when they are bored, can go out and get laid.

Guys? Well, we go online.

 
At 12/09/2011 12:20 AM, Blogger kmg said...

Too bad 99% of military deaths, and 93% of workplace deaths are of men.

Feminism is all about making absurd demands while distracting people from the vast areas where women have it better than men.

 
At 12/09/2011 2:20 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Peak,
Thanks for the laugh!

 
At 12/10/2011 9:52 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

>>> As soon as a paid site comes along, it will crush the donation-funded wikipedia and their rabble will disappear.

Sprewell, are you a natural retard or did you work your way into that state?

Not to say wikipedia isn't blatantly unreliable on anything resembling a "hot button" political issue (the fact that there are hundreds of libtards with nothing better to do than police a pet topic to be sure it reflects whatever crap idea they believe in isn't relevant -- I mean, if they weren't doing that, then why do you think all the OWS goons needed to be on their iPhones?)...

It's still excellent for technical stuff that is not a hot button matter, or for any kind of general "geek" material, such as the background of music, movies, comics, manga, and the like.

You just have to have a reliability sense for the stuff, tied basically to how much of a "hot button" issue something is.

 
At 12/11/2011 12:18 AM, OpenID Sprewell said...

OBH, if you think Wikipedia would ever be able to compete against real competition from a paid site, the only "natural retard" here is you. :) Not sure why you think it "isn't relevant" that libtards, or whoever is more motivated to stick around for all the edit wars, are the ones getting their crap on there. I agree that it's great on technical stuff, which is why I read it for that too, but that's not what most read it for. Funny how you come to praise Wikipedia yet bash it more than me, XD quite a retarded argument if you ask me.

 

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