When the levee breaks: without bots, what happens to Wikipedia's quality control processes?

@inproceedings{Geiger2013WhenTL,
  title={When the levee breaks: without bots, what happens to Wikipedia's quality control processes?},
  author={R. Stuart Geiger and Aaron Halfaker},
  booktitle={OpenSym},
  year={2013}
}
In the first half of 2011, ClueBot NG -- one of the most prolific counter-vandalism bots in the English-language Wikipedia -- went down for four distinct periods, each period of downtime lasting from days to weeks. In this paper, we use these periods of breakdown as naturalistic experiments to study Wikipedia's heterogeneous quality control network, which we analyze as a multi-tiered system in which distinct classes of reviewers use various reviewing technologies to patrol for different kinds… CONTINUE READING
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