Beyond vandalism: Wikipedia trolls

  title={Beyond vandalism: Wikipedia trolls},
  author={Pnina Shachaf and Noriko Hara},
  journal={Journal of Information Science},
  pages={357 - 370}
  • Pnina Shachaf, N. Hara
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • Journal of Information Science
Research on trolls is scarce, but their activities challenge online communities; one of the main challenges of the Wikipedia community is to fight against vandalism and trolls. This study identifies Wikipedia trolls’ behaviours and motivations, and compares and contrasts hackers with trolls; it extends our knowledge about this type of vandalism and concludes that Wikipedia trolls are one type of hacker. This study reports that boredom, attention seeking, and revenge motivate trolls; they regard… Expand
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