On 14 August 2015 at 09:58, Magnus Manske <magnusman...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> Looking at "male-female" and "female-male", and considering the much-cited
> 15% female editor ratio, it seems women are much more overwrite-happy than
> men.
> Then again, 139:110 are not exactly numbers one does want to base
> statistics on...

I agree that intuitively the numbers look too marginal to draw strong
conclusions, apart perhaps from deducing that though the proportion of
women who are active on Wikimedia Commons remains far too low, a
user's gender does not have any significant affect on whether they get
overwritten or overwrite others. I wanted to raise it as statistical
interpretation is not my forte, and there are a number of researchers
who follow this list who are darn hot on statistics or might draw
comparisons with existing gender related measurements :-)

With respect to being *overwrite-happy*, it is worth re-enforcing that
healthy collaborative work on Wikimedia Commons does include files
that have a lot of planned overwrites and only in a minority of cases
is significant overwriting a symptom of a dispute. For example the
maps of the USA which track the status of rapidly changing same-sex
marriage legislation are some of the most overwritten files on
Commons, having hundreds of overwrites, and all of the changes are
positive improvement which help to illustrate some popular LGBT
articles around this area of newsworthy law and politics.


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