Did You Ever Contribute To Wikipedia? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you how many friends you have on Google+. Aside from giving us an insight into how many of you actually use Google+, the poll also turned into a discussion about the recent switch to Google+ comment on YouTube, which forced many people to start using Google+.

We also wanted to compare the results to a similar poll about Facebook, but since Google+ attracted only about half the voters, it’s hard to get a clear picture.

Out of 267 votes in total, 4.5% have 201-300 friends on Google+, another 4.5% have 301-500 friends on Google+, 7.5% have 51-100 friends, 9% have 101-200 friends, 11% have 20-50 friends, 12% have over 500 friends, 19.5% have 0 friends on Google+, and 32% of the voters have less than 20 friends on Google+.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

While the majority of the voters have no friends or less than 20, quite a few people have over 200 friends too. Who said Google+ was dead?

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Robert M who shares his opinion on why people don’t use Google+ and why they should. He wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt!

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This week’s poll question is: Did You Ever Contribute To Wikipedia?

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Wikipedia launched nearly 13 years ago, and today it’s hard to imagine our lives without it. Everyone uses Wikipedia for something, be it to find out a tidbit of information or write a thesis; but not nearly as many people write on Wikipedia. And not because they can’t — after all, everyone can write on Wikipedia. Trying to keep the information as accurate as possible, Wikipedia’s become harder and harder to edit easily, and still, many people do it. Are you a regular Wikipedia contributor? Did you ever edit an article? Or do you just use it to read? Let’s find out.

What makes you like or dislike editing articles on Wikipedia? Did you use to like it but not anymore? Were you never attracted to it at all? Share your thoughts below!

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Comments (10)
  • Lisa M

    I have never contributed to (meaning edited?) Wikipedia. I would like to donate but I do not use PayPal. (If I could just send them a money order via snail mail or Western Union, that would be fine.) There is an article on Wikipedia that I wish someone would translate into English. I’d gladly do it myself, except I don’t speak French. :-)

    Also, per the last poll, G+ sucks, and all this identity verification stuff is BS. Tech companies are a bunch of hypocrites for assailing the NSA on privacy when they clearly want users to reveal their real names. They are destroying constructive conversation simply because of the actions of a few trolls. Not everyone who comments behind a fake name “has something to hide.” In this country (United States), companies have the legal right to fire you for any reason they see fit. Meaning if you comment on a blog in favor of increasing the min wage levels, and your boss doesn’t like that, guess what: s/he has the right to fire you and now pay you $0. If I worked for Chick-Fil-A and made a comment in favor of gay marriage, I could be fired too. Allowing pseudonyms enables people to express themselves without facing unfair repercussions from their job, potential employers, and even friends, family or spouses. Deal with the bullies as they need to be dealt with and leave the Internet alone. (But of course, we all know this was never REALLY about cutting down on cyber-bullying.)

  • Md Mukhtar M

    Yes i contribute but limited to my locality about which i know very clearly.

  • Xoandre

    I once tried to contribute to Wikipedia. After a week of trying to validate my identity per the general rules, I gave up on it. Many sites are so voracious for identity validation that they become pointless for attempting to become a contributor.

  • Carol

    Yes, I’ve both donated money to Wikipedia and written articles. I’d like Wikipedia to remain ad-free and hope my donations will help. I consider Wikipedia to be a paramount example of peer-based journalism and a tribute to what humans are capable of doing when working as a community. I have some expertise in specific areas, and felt that it was important that I contribute to that body of knowledge to help other people learn.

  • Cassie S

    I make a small contributions and am trying to make it a habit to do it more often. I recently took a “big” step and made a wikipedia account – previously I only contributed anonymously.

    To those saying that they wish there were an easier way for beginners to jump in, go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:GettingStarted
    It’s not really pointed out to you by Wikipedia until you sign up for an account, but it really does make it so easy to make small contributions. Clicking on any of the buttons on that page jumps you to a random article that has been flagged as needing improvements. I usually do “Add Links” because it truly is the easiest. But once you’ve been sent to a random article to play with, there are usually other easy changes that become apparent (spelling/grammar issues, layout issues, etc.). You totally don’t need to know anything to do this. I have recently made some edits in the areas of women’s college hockey and Ugandan Hip-Hop. This is a totally fun way to learn about random topics too – just like clicking the random article button, but you also get to feel like you’re helping out.

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