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Wikipedia's most edited articles: George W Bush takes top spot

Published 24/06/2015

George W Bush tops lost of Wikipedia's most edited articles
George W Bush tops lost of Wikipedia's most edited articles
George Bush
Wearing traditional Peruvian ponchos, President George W. Bush gestures as Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso stands below before the official group photo of the 16th summit of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC, in Lima, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
U.S. President George Bush watches as U.S. team of Misty May Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh warm up at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
President Bush gestures toward the back of Misty May Treanor as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. At right is Treanor's teammate Kerri Walsh.
President Bush cheers on Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
U.S. President George Bush practices with US player Misty May Treanor at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
President Bush poses for a photo with Misty May Treanor, left, Kerri Walsh and trainer Ernest Ferrel as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
U.S. President George Bush shakes hands with with U.S. beach volleyball player Misty May Treanor at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
President Bush poses for a photo with Misty May Treanor, left, Kerri Walsh, right, as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
U.S. President George Bush watches a practice as U.S player Kerri Walsh warms up at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
President Bush talks with Misty May Treanor, left and Kerri Walsh as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
President Bush hugs Kerri Walsh as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
President Bush plays vollyball with Misty May Treanor as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.

George W Bush and World Wrestling Entertainment are the two most controversial topics on Wikipedia.

The site keeps the list of its most active pages updated itself, in part so it knows which pages need to be vigilantly watched.

Berlin-based software developer Ramiro Gómez took this data and collated a list of the online encyclopedia's most edited subjects.

To do so, he had to strip out many of the non-standard pages — such as Wikipedia-specific pages like a site making note of reports of vandals.

Some pages that are lists appear to have taken their place as the busiest Wikipedia pages because they are huge lists of continually-updating information. And even things that are more static receive a stream of continuous edits  like changes to Hitler’s page.

Wikipedia’s edits are likely to be skewed by the demographics of those that use it. Overwhelmingly, the site’s editors are male and live in wealthy, Anglophone countries.

There are a number of pages related to video games in the list (PlayStation 3, RuneScape) and sports (Real Madrid, Roger Federer) — but only one woman, Britney Spears, appears.

A list of the most-edited Wikipedia pages by Ramiro Gómez
A list of the most-edited Wikipedia pages by Ramiro Gómez

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