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Why Does Wikipedia Need So Much Money?

The number of edits reflects how much you value the content of the Wikipedia page. Based on our definition of controversy (protracted public disagreement or heated debate), we may interpret “most edited” as “most controversial.” Edit count can be used as a proxy for controversy. This is because frequent editing over a long period is due to a fundamental conflict of interest among Wikipedia editors. Fans promote a positive image of the protagonist, adding details many readers consider trivial, such as going against Wikipedia’s article size guidelines and a neutral point of view.

Former US President George W. Bush is Wikipedia’s most controversial figure. His page has had him edited 45,866 times in the last 15 years. This is a 63% higher number than Michael Jackson and Jesus, who have the second most edited versions of him, each with more than 28,000 edits. Bush has beaten Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, Beyoncé and Britney Spears, wrestlers Kane, and The Undertaker, and Roger Federer.

The Top 100 received an average of 975-page changes per year (14,632 total since 2001). This equates to 2.7 changes per day, or 1 change every 9 hours. The top 10 average exceeds 1700-page changes per year (25,821 total). This equates to 4.7 revisions per day, or 1 change every 5 hours. More than 3,000 pages of Wikipedia articles on George W. Bush were edited each year. That’s 8.4 edits per day, or 1 edit every 3 hours.

women against men

Only two of the ten most controversial are women. This is consistent with 31% of her in the top 100 being female. Leaders and wrestlers make up the bulk of the list (see below), and given the male predominance of these occupations, we can expect fewer revisions to the pages about women.

However, in practice, women had slightly fewer edits (13,497 total or an average of 900 per person per year) than men (15,142 total, mean 1009), although this difference was not statistically significant. No (P = 0.09954, Wilcoxon signed-rank test).

If there were more men at the top of the list (i.e., more page edits in the male group), women likely made fewer edits overall (note: P < 0.05 is significant). As it stands, men and women are equally arguing.

 Alive vs dead

70% of the top 100 are alive and nearly a quarter was dead before Wikipedia started. Another six people died between 2001 and 2016: Pope John Paul II, Saddam Hussein, Michael Jackson, Osama bin Laden, and Whitney Houston – labeled “both” in the chart below. labeled group. Survivor biographies are constantly updated with new events. You might think that this is especially true for celebrities. Other Wikipedia Writers for hire editors do this with the motivation to present the truth because fans and publicists have an agenda (to remove information that portrays their hero in a negative light). As a result, we can expect fewer edits to articles about dead people.

However, there is no difference when comparing live and dead side edits (P=0.343). Whether or not you count her recently deceased group of six, “Both,” as “Living,” you get the same results. This means that the living and the dead are equally controversial.

While one might expect the facts about historical figures to consolidate over time, the results show that those who died to remain controversial. This is likely because archaeologists and historians use discoveries to update their articles long after his death.

America vs world

Does the country affect whether Wikipedia gets more editions? Nationality is difficult for some people to define, but if you were born in one country and later naturalized or have multiple citizenships, we assigned nationalities based on where they lived the longest. For those born before the 20th century, we used the modern name of the country of birth.

Americans make up 61% of the top 100 and rank first in total revisions for all people, with a total of about one million (913,319) page edits since 2001. British he is second with 105,716 compilations and Indian is second. A total of 65,404 put him in third place.

However, there are no controversial differences from the ANOVA between nationalities. People from the same country receive an average of about 1,000 pages edited per person per year (P = 0.4731, Kruskal-Walli’s test). “Israeli” appears as an outlier with his double compilation (1873), but this is entirely due to one person, Jesus of Nazareth.

Americans make up the majority of Wikipedia’s population, so we could compare Americans with people from other countries, but again there is no difference (P=0.396). So, Americans and non-Americans alike are controversial.

Controversial profession

Most controversial are his numerous presidents, singers, and Bollywood stars. Does occupation influence whether a person’s Wikipedia page revision count is high? To test this, we categorized each person as an actor, an athlete, an entrepreneur, an executive, a musician, a scientist, a wrestler, and a Wikipedia writer for hire. classified into one of his eight occupations.

“Athlete” includes athletes in sports such as soccer, basketball, and tennis. “entrepreneur” means an inventor or businessman; “Leaders” features presidential candidates, kings, and religious leaders. “Musician” means a singer-songwriter, and “writer” includes anyone whose ideas influence others. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), although now an actor, fits into the “wrestler” category.

Wrestlers make up 13% of the top 100, and it’s debatable whether they should be considered athletes or actors, so they’ve been given their category (after all, WWE is “World Wrestling Entertainment). Interestingly, the most edited article after “George W. Bush” is the “WWE Personnel List” with a total of 42,923-page edits over 15 years.

The manager and the musician each make up 30% of him in Wikipedia’s 100 most controversial names. Athletes make up 13% of him, which includes the ‘Big 4’ tennis players. The only scientist in the top 100 is Albert Einstein.

So, does a person’s job affect the number of page edits? The results clearly show no difference between occupations (P=0.1268).


You do not determine the editorial scope of Wikipedia articles. Whether you’re male or female, living or not, president or wrestler, whichever group you belong to, the stats show similar pagination numbers. All seem equally controversial, except perhaps George W. Bush.