Are Bots Taking Over Wikipedia? Mike Wood

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We all know that Wikipedia is a medium that can be freely edited by anyone with an internet connection. This is the reason college professors and high school teachers forbid the use of Wikipedia as a trusted source in most situations. We have also come to think that humans are the only ones who are making edits to the world’s largest resource for all kinds of information. Alongside humans, automated bots account for the largest contingent of Wikipedia editors. This is obviously something that can either legitimize or trivialize Wikipedia depending on your viewpoint. As a professional Wikipedia editor I have learned the various bots and their editing activities in order to make sure that articles I create conform to the information the bots are programmed to edit.

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