Don't bite the newbies: how reverts affect the quantity and quality of Wikipedia work

  title={Don't bite the newbies: how reverts affect the quantity and quality of Wikipedia work},
  author={Aaron Halfaker and Aniket Kittur and John Riedl},
  booktitle={Int. Sym. Wikis},
Reverts are important to maintaining the quality of Wikipedia. They fix mistakes, repair vandalism, and help enforce policy. However, reverts can also be damaging, especially to the aspiring editor whose work they destroy. In this research we analyze 400,000 Wikipedia revisions to understand the effect that reverts had on editors. We seek to understand the extent to which they demotivate users, reducing the workforce of contributors, versus the extent to which they help users improve as… 

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