Wikipedia Review

Wikipedia Review

The Wikipedia Review logo, which uses a white hat
Type of site
Internet watchdog, Internet forum and blog
Available in English, German
Owner Anonymous
Revenue Accepts donations
Alexa rank Negative increase 2,089,261 (Jun 2015)[1]
Commercial No
Registration Optional (required to post)
Launched Original site: November 2005.[2]
Current site: February 19, 2006.[3]

Wikipedia Review is an Internet forum and blog for the discussion of Wikimedia projects, in particular the content and conflicts of Wikipedia.[4][5] An InformationWeek Grok on Google blog described Wikipedia Review as "one of a number of Wikipedia watchdog" websites, "dedicated to scrutinizing Wikipedia and reporting on its flaws".[6] It provides an independent forum to discuss Wikipedia editors and their influence on Wikipedia content. At its peak, participants included current Wikipedia editors, former Wikipedia editors, a few users banned from Wikipedia, and people who have never edited.[7]


The site was founded in November 2005 by "Igor Alexander", and hosted by ProBoards.[2] On 19 February 2006 it moved to its own domain name using Invision Power Board software.[3][8] The site requires registration using a valid e-mail address to post. It blacklists email providers which allow anonymity, which it says is to discourage the operation of multiple accounts by a single user.[9]

Wikipedia Review has been cited for its discussion and evaluation of concepts surrounding wiki-editing, such as the Palo Alto Research Company's WikiDashboard,[10][11] as well as used as an evaluation subject for the tool.[12]


Wikipedia Review is not a conspiracy, a team-building exercise, a role-playing game, or an experiment in collusion. It is not meant as a resource or training ground for those who would instill fear and misery in others. It does not exist to corrupt, but to expose corruption; it does not exist to tear down institutions, but to expose the ways in which institutions are torn down; it does not exist to hate, but is meant to expose hate in others. To expose these things is not evil. It is not a monolithic entity, nor the sum of its parts. Like-mindedness does not imply singularity of purpose; respect for the rights of one group does not imply disrespect for the rights of another. It is not intended to be predictable, consistent, or dull.

Imagine a world in which human beings are not user accounts, are not programmable, and are not mere words on a display screen. That's what we're doing...

Statement made when the site was out of service in 2008, Wikipedia Review[13]

Seth Finkelstein wrote in The Guardian that Wikipedia Review has provided a focal point for investigation into Wikipedia-related matters such as the "Essjay controversy".[14][15] Cade Metz, writing for The Register, credited Wikipedia Review with the discovery of a private mailing list that led to the resignation of a Wikipedia administrator; he also wrote that a Wikipedia proposal called "BADSITES" intended to ban the mention of Wikipedia Review and similar sites on Wikipedia.[16][17] The Independent noted that "allegations against certain administrators came to a head on a site called Wikipedia Review, where people debate the administrators' actions."[18] The Irish technology website Silicon Republic suggested visiting Wikipedia Review in order to "follow disputes, discussions, editors and general bureaucracy on Wikipedia".[19] Philip Coppens used posts made on Wikipedia Review to help construct a report, published in Nexus Magazine, on WikiScanner and allegations that intelligence agencies had been using Wikipedia to spread disinformation.[20]

Content and structure

Wikipedia Review's publicly accessible forums are broken up into four general topic areas:

  1. Forum information;
  2. Wikimedia-oriented discussion, which contains subforums focusing on editors, the Wikipedia bureaucracy, meta discussion, articles and general Wikimedia-focused topics not fitting elsewhere;
  3. Media forums containing a news feed and discussion about news and blogs featuring Wikipedia/Wikimedia; and
  4. Off topic, non-Wikimedia related discussion.[21]


  1. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  2. 1 2 "Original Wikipedia Review on Proboards". Wikipedia Review. 2005-11-25. Archived from the original on 2006-01-17.
  3. 1 2 "First post on". Wikipedia Review. 2006-02-19. Archived from the original on 2006-05-31.
  4. Mahadevan, Jeremy (2006-03-05). "Not everything on Wikipedia is fact". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  5. "L'édition de référence libre et collaborative : le cas de Wikipedia." (in French). Institut national de recherche pédagogique. April 2006. p. 7. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  6. LaPlante, Alice (2006-07-14). "Spawn Of Wikipedia". InformationWeek. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  7. Shankbone, David (June 2008). "Nobody's safe in cyberspace". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  8. "Second post on". Wikipedia Review. Was The Wikipedia Review created by Igor Alexander? Yes. Is The Wikipedia Review run by Igor Alexander? No.
  9. "Info for new registrants". Wikipedia Review. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  10. Ed H. Chi, Peter Pirolli, Bongwon Suh, Aniket Kittur, Bryan Pendleton, Todd Mytkowicz (2008). "Augmented social cognition: understanding social foraging and social sensemaking" (PDF). Palo Alto Research Center. p. 5. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  11. Bongwon Suh, Ed H. Chi, Aniket Kittur, Bryan A. Pendleton (2008). Lifting the veil: improving accountability and social transparency in Wikipedia with wikidashboard. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. General chairs: Mary Czerwinski and Arnie Lund; program chair: Desney Tan. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 1037–1040. ISBN 978-1-60558-011-1. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  12. Chi, E. H.; Suh, B.; Kittur, A (2008-04-06). "Providing social transparency through visualizations in Wikipedia" (PDF). ACM-SIGCHI. CHI 2008, Florence, Italy: IBM / Palo Alto Research Company. Social Data Analysis Workshop. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  13. "Wikipedia Review out-of-service page". Wikipedia Review. 2008-06-24. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  14. Finkelstein, Seth (2007-12-06). "Inside, Wikipedia is more like a sweatshop than Santa's workshop". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  15. "Who is Essjay?, Probably he's Ryan Jordan". Wikipedia Review. 2006-07-26.
  16. Metz, Cade (2007-12-04). "Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia". The Register. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  18. Marsden, Rhodri (2007-12-06). "Cyberclinic: Who are the editors of Wikipedia?". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  19. Boran, Marie (2007-12-04). "Wikipedia under fire for 'editorial elite'". Silicon Republic. Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  20. Coppens, Philip (October–November 2007). "The Truths and Lies of WikiWorld". Nexus. pp. 11–15, 77. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  21. "Wikipedia Review". Retrieved 9 June 2010.
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