Submissions/The Cultural Significance of Vandalism on Wikipedia

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Submission no.


Title of the submission

The Cultural Significance of Vandalism on Wikipedia

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Si-Chi Chin

E-mail address

si (dash) chi (dash) chin (at) uiowa (dot) edu



Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

The University of Iowa

Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Did you know there once existed a page of Mi¢ro$oft [1]?

Did you know an ascii art of Homer Simpson once replaced the Microsoft article [2]?

Wikipedia defines vandalism as "any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia." This presentation, however, provides an alternative perspective -- a sociological analysis of vandalism on Wikipedia -- to advocate preserving an archive of vandalism examples.

As opposed to portraying vandalism as a malicious act or a form of deviance against a public forum, this presentation characterizes it as a mode of expression and communication; a form of humor that can be part of popular culture. The proposed content analysis exemplifies vandalism instances and examines where they occurred and what types of marginal voices they conveyed.

An organized archive of vandalism instances preserves not only the unsettled vitality during the time when Wikipedia was still young, but also the heritage that embodies cultural significance.


WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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Depends on the funding source.

Slides or further information (optional)

S.-C. Chin, and W. N. Street, "Enhanced Wikipedia vandalism taxonomy via subclass discovery," the Twenty-second Int. Joint Conf. on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-11): Workshop on Discovering Meaning On the Go in Large Heterogeneous Data, Barcelona, Spain, 2011.

S.-C. Chin, W. N. Street, P. Srinivasan, and D. Eichmann, “Detecting Wikipedia vandalism with active learning and statistical language models,” in Proc. the 4th workshop on Information credibility, Raleigh, NC, USA, 2010, pp. 3-10.

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  1. --Wikitafa (talk) 15:54, 16 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. GastelEtzwane (talk) 23:17, 18 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Léna (talk) 23:57, 18 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Zellfaze (talk) 19:51, 19 March 2012 (UTC) Highly interested[reply]
  5. Airwolf (talk) 10:36, 22 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Graham87 (talk) 11:15, 31 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]