60% of Wikipedia entries about companies contain errors - correcting them isn't easy
lauren at vortex.com
Tue Apr 17 10:12:30 PDT 2012
http://j.mp/IuII3Q (Science News)
When respondents attempted to engage editors through Wikipedia's "Talk"
pages to request factual corrections to entries, 40 percent said it took
"days" to receive a response, 12 percent indicated "weeks," while 24
percent never received any type of response. According to Wikipedia, the
standard response time to requests for corrections is between two and five
days. Only 35 percent of respondents were able to engage with Wikipedia,
either by using its "Talk" pages to converse with editors or through
direct editing of a client's entry. Respondents indicated this figure is
low partly because some fear media backlash over making edits to clients'
entries. Respondents also expressed a certain level of uncertainty
regarding how to properly edit Wikipedia entries. Of those who were
familiar with the process of editing Wikipedia entries, 23 percent said
making changes was "near impossible." Twenty-nine percent said their
interactions with Wikipedia editors were "never productive."
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