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Capitol Communicator has a report by Josh Greene, CEO of The Mather Group, on the state of Wikipedia in August 2023.

State of Wikipedia report for August 2023

by | Aug 15, 2023

By Josh Greene, CEO, The Mather Group

This month’s Wikipedia Chaos Index score is 66 – the same as last month’s, but for very different reasons.

Though we saw a decline in new page submissions and wait times, there was a noticeable increase in page deletion activities – both nominations and actual deletions.

For the first time since September 2022, overall month-to-month editing activity increased on Wikipedia.

As the backbone of knowledge in the digital world, Wikipedia often finds itself at odds with many different industries and disciplines – including, of course, the many local, regional, national, and global political systems existing in 2023.

In the last month alone, Wikipedia has found a Wisconsin Supreme Court judge trying to whitewash her own pageresponded to a letter sent by Durham, Indiana, city attorney trying to publicly identify users editing local politician pages, and was fined by the Russian government for its refusal to delete specific Ukraine-related content from its platform.

This, of course, all occurring while the existential war on the Barbenheimer Talk page raged on – a prescient reminder that Wikipedia, even in an age of misinformation and AI-generated content, remains at both the forefront of culture, and as the foundation for the global pursuit of free speech and shared knowledge.

For more information, contact Josh Greene at [email protected]

(NOTE: The Chaos Index is a proprietary metric of The Mather Group for measuring turbulence throughout Wikipedia and tracking the community’s current sentiment towards corporate-related pages. The index measures community actions such as editing frequency, content deletion, message board posts, and many other activities that contribute to unstable corporate page environments.)

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