Factors influencing approval of Wikipedia bots

Dalgali A., Crowston K.

53rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2020, Hawaii, United States Of America, 7 - 10 January 2020, vol.2020-January, pp.136-145 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2020-January
  • City: Hawaii
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.136-145
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: No


Before a Wikipedia bot is allowed to edit, the operator of the bot must get approval. The Bot Approvals Group (BAG), a committee of Wikipedia bot developers, users and editors, discusses each bot request to reach consensus regarding approval or denial. We examine factors related to approval of a bot by analyzing 100 bots' project pages. The results suggest that usefulness, value-based decision making and the bot's status (e.g., automatic or manual) are related to approval. This study may contribute to understanding decision making regarding the human-automation boundary and may lead to developing more efficient bots.