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Title: WikiConv: A Corpus of the Complete Conversational History of a Large Online Collaborative Community
We present a corpus that encompasses the complete history of conversations between contributors to Wikipedia, one of the largest online collaborative communities. By recording the intermediate states of conversations—including not only comments and replies, but also their modifications, deletions and restorations—this data offers an unprecedented view of online conversation. This level of detail supports new research questions pertaining to the process (and challenges) of large-scale online collaboration. We illustrate the corpus’ potential with two case studies that highlight new perspectives on earlier work. First, we explore how a person’s conversational behavior depends on how they relate to the discussion’s venue. Second, we show that community moderation of toxic behavior happens at a higher rate than previously estimated. Finally the reconstruction framework is designed to be language agnostic, and we show that it can extract high quality conversational data in both Chinese and English.
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1750615 1741441
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Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
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National Science Foundation
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