Wikipedia and the 2008 US elections/Sarah Palin
|Creation date:||18 October, 2005|
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|Days protected (sysop only):||tbd|
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The Sarah Palin article began as a stub on 18 October, 2005, created by an unregistered editor. In November, 2005, it was greatly expanded and improved, primarily by one contributor, and lost the stub tag  (Note: The image that appears on that diff is not the same file that was used in the original article). The article was edited a total of 86 times during 2005.
In 2006, the article was edited 157 times . Contributions included the addition of both text and a number of infoboxes.
In 2007, there were 197 edits , including a major expansion of references.
In 2008, there were 10,727 edits .
In January, 2009, there were 158 edits .
Talk page history
In January, 2009, there were 1,057 edits to the talk page .
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- November 4th, 2008
In the news
- As of 5 February, 2009, there were nearly 2,000 contributors to the article (including bots and unregistered). More than half of these only made one edit. 101 editors (again, including bots and unregistered) made more than 20 edits, 18 made more than 100, 5 made more than 200, and one made over 900. 
- Editor survey in progress.
- was the article started as a stub? if so, how long did it take to lose the stub tag?
- did wikipedia have an article on the subject before the election? if so, compare the article before and after
- were daughter articles created? if so, when? were all of the daughter articles kept?
- what was the relationship between talk page edits and article edits?
- were there edit wars? if so, what were they about, and did they coincide with campaign events?
- was the article protected or placed under probation? if so, why and for how long?
- did the campaigns themselves edit the articles?
- was the article itself ever in the news?
Development needed for a timeline with edits by day, week, or month, sorted by:
- anon, user, and sysop
- content edits, minor edits (copyedits and so on), reverted edits, vandal edits, reverted vandal edits
- mark major campaign events on the timeline to see if there is any correlation between number of edits and news events
- Palin's Wikipedia Entry Gets Overhaul. All Things Considered (August 29, 2008)
- Wikipedia Edits Forecast Vice Presidential Picks. Washington Post (August 29, 2008)
- Don’t Like Palin’s Wikipedia Story? Change It. New York Times (August 31, 2008)
- Sarah Palin Wikipedia entry gets glowing make-over from mysterious user Young Trigg. Times Online (September 1, 2008)