(The Hosting News) – Research has revealed exactly which Wikipedia pages receive the most editing. According to a BBC report on Thursday, scientists at Oxford University studied page edits on the popular online encyclopedia, revealing that topics on God and Jesus were “universally debated.”
As an arm of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia relies on community writers and volunteers to edit and generate its contents.
“By using and comparing 12 different language editions of Wikipedia, we were interested in cultural differences and similarities and we investigate whether Wikipedia is a multicultural forum or there are strong linguistic-group-dependent features. Here we employ visualizations to assist us in disentangling this multivariate issue. Our findings suggest that on the one hand Wikipedia as a unifying tool brings divergent groups of individuals closer to each other, on the other hand there are still specific characteristics to be understood only based on localities and cultural differences,” stated the researchers via their report.
For the English language, the Wikipedia page for former U.S. President George W. Bush was considered most “controversial” while other topics including Muhammad, global warming, United States, Jesus, race and intelligence and Christianity ranked close to the top.
To receive the results, the researchers relied on logs of Wikipedia page changes. Pages analyzed, aside from English, included website versions for languages such as Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Czech.
Meanwhile, spanning all versions, the most “controversial” titles included topics such as Israel, Adolph Hitler, The Holocaust and God.