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    Face it Gina, you edit like a girl.

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    I’m female, have a Master’s degree, and have edited entries before. But I never remember having to specify my sex while doing so. I enjoy that it is an open collaborative source. Of course I had the odd habit of reading the World Book when I was a kid….

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    Gina Trapani

    @lisa: That number is based on a survey of 175,000 responses, a good-sized sample.

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    OK, I guess while all the men are on Wikipedia, women will take over the world:)

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    Gina Trapani

    It’s true!!

    I’ve been thinking about how I felt about editing Wikipedia before I dove in–and that was uncertain and worried I’d screw it up. I think that, in addition to the fact that wiki’s are downright user-hostile (what with the markup, and in the case of Wikipedia, scary, multi-tiered community rules), is partially why these numbers are skewed. I mean jeez, it’s not like women are a huge force in content creation in other areas of the web (blogs, photo-sharing, Twitter, etc).

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    On blogs, at least, I’d argue that there are more women blogging than men. I ran a survey of 1200 bloggers a couple of years ago, and that group turned out to be 65% female. The, incidentally, is true of the demographics of LiveJournal.

    As for Flickr and other photo-sharing sites, my anecdotal experience is that there are roughly as many male or female users.

    Now, of course, most of the most popular blogs are written by men.

    So I’m not sure a gender bias in other kinds of content creation is a convincing or accurate explanation.

    That said, I don’t have a better one. The article’s reasons feel pretty unconvincing, too.

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    Mackenzie Morgan

    So maybe men are more likely to respond to surveys?

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