For a Wikipedia editor to become an administrator, a request for adminship (RfA) must be submitted, either by the candidate or by another community member. Subsequently, any Wikipedia member may cast a supporting, neutral, or opposing vote.
This induces a directed, signed network in which nodes represent Wikipedia members and edges represent votes. In this sense, the present dataset is a more recent version of the Wikipedia adminship election data. However, there is also a rich textual component in RfAs, which was not included in the older version: each vote is typically accompanied by a short comment (median/mean: 19/34 tokens). A typical positive comment reads, "I've no concerns, will make an excellent addition to the admin corps", while an example of a negative comment is, "Little evidence of collaboration with other editors and limited content creation."
We crawled and parsed all votes since the adoption of the RfA process in 2003 through May 2013. The dataset contains 3,497 distinct voter/votee pairs, in which a total of 198,275 votes were cast.
[The above statistics were computed after transforming the data into a directed network. The number of edges (159,388) is somewhat smaller than the number of voter/votee pairs (198,275) because sometimes the same source voted on the same target more than once, which we counted as a single edge (there is no limit on the number of times one may run for election). Also, neutral votes were discarded in the network we used for computing the statistics (but are included in the dataset).]
|wiki-RfA.txt.gz||Wikipedia Requests for Adminship (RfA) 2003–2013||14 MB|
where entries are separated by a single empty line and