Wikipedia's Most Fiercely Edited Topic: George W.

Oxford researchers study 'edit wars'

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 19, 2013 8:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you've ever wondered about the most controversial topics on Wikipedia then you have that in common with Oxford University researchers. They've turned their interest into a full-blown study, analyzing millions of articles from 10 language editions of the site, the BBC reports. Rather than look at subjects updated regularly, researchers focused on articles in the midst of "edit wars" in 2010—with editors battling to change a section before it's almost immediately changed again. The Top 10 "most controversial articles" in the English-language edition:

  1. George W. Bush
  2. anarchism
  3. Muhammad
  4. List of WWE employees
  5. global warming
  6. circumcision
  7. United States
  8. Jesus
  9. race and intelligence
  10. Christianity

This 2009  image released by World Wrestling Entertainment shows World Wrestling Entertainment star The Great Khali.
This 2009 image released by World Wrestling Entertainment shows World Wrestling Entertainment star The Great Khali.   (AP Photo/? 2012 WWE)
Former President George W. Bush sits after giving a speech before a U.S. citizen swearing in ceremony at the The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
Former President George W. Bush sits after giving a speech before a U.S. citizen swearing in ceremony at the The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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