Follow up: Dutch Wikipedia strangely crueler than English Wikipedia

On: October 28, 2010
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About Cendy Calis
I recently finished a Media and Culture bachelor at the University of Amsterdam with a specialization in New Media and so it seemed a logical step to broaden my knowledge with a Master degree in New Media. During my time in Amsterdam I have actively participated in student life and organization. Being pretty much a dreamer myself my area of interests are always all over the place.


It is with great sadness that I announce the death of two Wikipedia articles. These were articles I introduced with parental pride a couple of weeks ago.

On beforehand we were told that the English Wikipedia would be the hardest one to contribute to, in my case it turned out that this is not always the case. While the English Wikipedia is seen as the strictest one out there my English article luckily remain untouched, while my Dutch articles were killed. Both the English and Dutch articles had the same content.

This calls for a little crime scene investigation:

The perpetrator:  The mysterious Agora. The perpetrator refrains from telling anything about himself on his user page. Perpetrator likes to use smiley faces. Perpetrator lives in Nijmegen and has been an active Wikipedian since October 9th, 2007. Perpetrator has earned a gold star.

The victims: Two innocent atricles, just enlightening the Dutch speaking masses about different types of legwear.

Motive:  The perpetrator felt like the articles were committing clandestine advertising.

Time of Death: Ocober 11th 2010, 08.28 hours.

What does this little experiment tell us? English Wikipedia is more fashion forward? Or could it be that the Dutch Wikipedia is a pretty strict one, even stricter than the English Wikipedia in this case. At least I still have a successful experiment to look back on.

For the English Wikipedia article that survived: Tregging

5 Responses to “Follow up: Dutch Wikipedia strangely crueler than English Wikipedia”
  • October 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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  • October 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’m surprised that you’ve heard the English Wikipedia is the most demanding; it certainly didn’t get to 3.4 million articles by being too selective. At a glance, I think your article meets its criteria just fine; not speaking Dutch, I can’t comment on that.

    However, it’s my impression that the German-language Wikipedia is the strictest: it has a smaller, more dedicated community that tends to discourage some of the popular culture topics one will easily find on the English edition.

  • October 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Perhaps I should nuance my statements then, the hardest one to contribute to within my linguistic capabilities (which is not very much, Dutch and English). I did not know that about German Wikipedia, so thank you for your comment ‘The Wikipedian’!

  • November 3, 2010 at 2:36 am

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  • May 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for the post :)

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