Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

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| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Wikipedia Collaborative Networks

  • Patrick Kenis
  • Jürgen Lerner
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7163-9_103-1


Coauthorship networks; Collaborative editing; Edit networks; Online collaboration; Open encyclopedia



A user with special rights, including blocking of pages or users

Anonymous edit

An edit done by an anonymous user; reveals the IP address of the editing user’s computer

Anonymous user

A user who did not log in (i.e., did not identify himself/herself)

Blocked page/protected page

A page that (currently) does not allow edits, often as a response to frequent vandalism; blockings might be temporary or permanent, and they might apply only to anonymous users or to all users except administrators

Blocked user

A user that (currently) cannot edit pages, often as a response to misbehavior; blockings might be temporary or permanent

Discussion page

A page dedicated to discuss the form, style, content of an encyclopedic article (not to discuss the topic treated by the article)

Discussion thread

Subpart of a discussion page representing a conversation related to a...


Anonymous User Content Page Edit Event Collaborative Editing Talk Page 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Public Management and GovernanceWU Vienna University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Organization StudiesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Computer and Information ScienceUniversity of KonstanzConstanceGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Talel Abdessalem
    • 1
  • Rokia Missaoui
    • 2
  1. 1.telecom-paristechParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversité du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)GatineauCanada