yes.Wikipedia has a big problem with diversity. The vast majority of Wikipedia editors come from a very specific, narrow demographic of the entire world population, and the proportion of editors from outside this demographic group is worryingly low. The vast majority of Wikipedia editors are relatively young, introverted, aspirational, white men who live in Western, industrialized countries, who are relatively wealthy, have routine access to the Internet, and have enough free time to to devote this time to the editing of Wikipedia.
Consequently, the coverage on Wikipedia is strongly distorted by what I call the “White and Nerdy Bias”.In general, the amount of reporting and emphasis a topic receives on Wikipedia is generally directly proportional to how interesting this topic is for relatively young, introverted, aspirational, white men in Western, industrialized countries, who are relatively wealthy, have access to the Internet and have a lot of free time for processing.
As an example, Wikipedia has a whole “Featured Series” of articles about the God of War video game franchise, which currently consists of no less than thirteen individual articles, each of which is on average about 85,000 bytes in size.On the other hand, Wikipedia’s coverage of e.g. monophysitism, Babylonianreligion, Sumerian literature or women’s rights in Afghanistan – topics of far greater historical and cultural importance, but which are for bizarre, inexplicable reasons seem far less attractive to most Wikipedia editors – far less extensive.
To be clear, I am not saying that this comprehensive coverage of popular cultural content is bad; In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with The fact that Wikipedia has a 136,966 byte article titled “List of Pok茅mon characters”.On the contrary, I think that’s great for people who like Pok茅mon. I am just saying that there are more important articles that need to be brought to the point, which could really require some attention from experts.
OBEN: Wikipedia has a whole “Featured Series” of thirteen articles, averaging about 70,000 bytes long, about the God of War video game franchise, but the entire article on Sumerian literature currently contains only 5,723 bytes.
It is no secret that the vast majority of Wikipedia editors are male.
As of 2018, 90.0% of all Wikipedia editors were identified as male and only 9.0% of Wikipedia editors were identified as female. Remember, of all the editors on the site, less than one in ten are female. Just to put that in perspective, nearly a quarter of the members of the current United States Congressare women.This means that Wikipedia is worse at involving women than Congress.
A regrettable result of this fact is that articles on women and issues in which women are particularly interested receive far less attention than articles on men and subjects in which men are particularly interested.
For example, studies have repeatedly found that male scientists are far more likely to have Wikipedia pages about themselves than women of the same kind.
Since the vast majority of Wikipedia editors live in Western, industrialized countries, there is a systemic bias in terms of both history and geography that leads reporting in favor of events that are younger. and which happen to affect Western industrialized countries.
For example, the article “United States” is more than twice as long as the article “Byzantine Empire” and more than three times as long as the article “OldEgypt“, although the United States is not even a fifth time as a country as long as the Byzantine Empire did, and not even a seventeenth as long as the bloodthirsty 4,000-year history of ancient Egypt.
Similarly, wikipedia has many articles about small towns in the United States, but not many about small towns in remote parts of African or Middle Eastern countries, even though these cities have about the same number of people in them.Also articles about sparsely populated places in Western countries are often much longer than articles about more densely populated places in non-Western countries. For example, the article “Michigantown, Indiana” about a small town in Indiana with a total population of only 467 people is 9,856 bytes, while the article “Adoyaman Province” about an entire province of Turkey with a population of 624,513 people is only 4,357 bytes.
I am sure that some people will misinterpret what I am saying here as a general condemnation of Wikipedia as a whole; I don’t want to see it all.I don’t condemn Wikipedia in relation to the whole. In fact, I am still actively involved in the editing of Wikipedia. If I had really thought that Wikipedia could no longer be saved, I would have stopped quite a few years ago. I am describing just a few of the related problems.
All websites have problems with systemic tendency, including Wikipedia, Quora, etc.Systemic bias can never be completely eliminated. Nevertheless, if you want to use Wikipedia, I think you should make sure you know what prejudices it suffers from. This answer is intended only as a guide to the use of Wikipedia and to critically evaluate what you read on Wikipedia; it is not intended as a general condemnation.