Lance Armstrong editors v Australian women cyclist editors
One of the questions I get asked about Wikipedia is where does the truth on the site come from? If you’re following the Lance Armstrong story and worried about the blowback to worldwide cycling on the highest level, a question is where does cycling information truth come from for Lance Armstrong and does it intersect with others? One of the cyclists connected with Armstrong was from Australia: It could be a really big problem for cycling because if the communities have the same editing base, these issues could spill out across all cycling articles.
First, who is editing the Lance Armstrong article? I got the complete list of editors today. For the Lance article, there were 2,829 unique editors to the Lance Armstrong article. There were 4,641 total editors on the article. Of these, 2,829 editors were IP address editors. For women, I looked at all 50 articles in the Australian women’s cyclist category. There were 1,052 editors on these articles with duplication. When editors who edited more than one of those 50 were removed, there were 537 unique editors. Of these, there were 189 unique IP address editors. There was only one IP address editor that edited the Lance Armstrong article and one of those 50 articles.
Using IP Intelligence to geolocate these IP addresses in bulk, I identified which countries IP address editors originate from. For Lance Armstrong, these editors came from 75 different countries. Australian women’s cycling IP editors came from 17 different countries. They shared 15 different countries in common. A Peru IP address edited an Australian cycling article and none edited the Lance Armstrong article. The table below shows the relative unique editor IP counts for Australian women’s cyclist articles versus Lance Armstrong by country.
Australian women may have had fewer Australian editors than Lance, but the numbers are still high. There isn’t the crossover though in editors so it isn’t as much of a concern as there could be.