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'''Wikipedia and the Myth of Universality''' - scientific work related to Wikipedia quality published in 2016, written by Melissa Adler.
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'''Wikipedia and the Myth of Universality''' - scientific work related to [[Wikipedia quality]] published in 2016, written by [[Melissa Adler]].
  
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
Introduction Author write from the U.S., where the removal of "women writers" from the more general and inclusive "writers" category in 2013 drew national ire and debate (Filipacchi, 2013). The episode heightened visibility of the fact that Wikipedia entries are not only predominantly created and edited by men, but that the categories that organize the content are also gendered and hierarchical. Indeed, classification is arguably at the root of some of the most critical questions regarding Wikipedia's functions and limitations. The construction of categories for access to knowledge and information is inherently paradoxical-it is by way of categories that authors organize and access information in any information retrieval system. But categories are by definition limiting and exclusionary, and they operate on the basis of membership and nonmembership: an inside and an outside. Membership and the terms by which authors name those categories-especially with regard to humans and human subjectivities-are almost always political and contested.
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Introduction Author write from the U.S., where the removal of "women writers" from the more general and inclusive "writers" category in 2013 drew national ire and debate (Filipacchi, 2013). The episode heightened visibility of the fact that [[Wikipedia]] entries are not only predominantly created and edited by men, but that the [[categories]] that organize the content are also gendered and hierarchical. Indeed, classification is arguably at the root of some of the most critical questions regarding Wikipedia's functions and limitations. The construction of categories for access to knowledge and information is inherently paradoxical-it is by way of categories that authors organize and access information in any [[information retrieval]] system. But categories are by definition limiting and exclusionary, and they operate on the basis of membership and nonmembership: an inside and an outside. Membership and the terms by which authors name those categories-especially with regard to humans and human subjectivities-are almost always political and contested.

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Wikipedia and the Myth of Universality - scientific work related to Wikipedia quality published in 2016, written by Melissa Adler.

Overview

Introduction Author write from the U.S., where the removal of "women writers" from the more general and inclusive "writers" category in 2013 drew national ire and debate (Filipacchi, 2013). The episode heightened visibility of the fact that Wikipedia entries are not only predominantly created and edited by men, but that the categories that organize the content are also gendered and hierarchical. Indeed, classification is arguably at the root of some of the most critical questions regarding Wikipedia's functions and limitations. The construction of categories for access to knowledge and information is inherently paradoxical-it is by way of categories that authors organize and access information in any information retrieval system. But categories are by definition limiting and exclusionary, and they operate on the basis of membership and nonmembership: an inside and an outside. Membership and the terms by which authors name those categories-especially with regard to humans and human subjectivities-are almost always political and contested.