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Moritz Stefaner's Notabilia [notabilia.net] reveals the sentiment within the community discussions that focus on keeping or deleting specific Wikipedia entries. Any Wikipedia editor has the power to nominate an article for deletion and, if this nomination is legitimate, a community discussion takes place where follow editors have the opportunity to make their voices heard.

The online visualization visualizes 100 Article for Deletion (AfD) discussions that took the longest amount of time. A discussion is represented by a thread starting at the bottom center. Each time a user joins an AfD discussion and recommends to 'keep', 'merge', or 'redirect' the article a green segment leaning towards the left is added. Each time a user recommends to 'delete' the article a red segment leaning towards the right is added. As the discussion progresses, the length of the segments as well as the angle slowly decay.

Note that the visualized subset might not be representative, as more extensive data suggests that the largest part of these discussions ends after only a few recommendations have been expressed.




good example of BAD infodesign.
too little info.
too much esthetics.

Tue 11 Jan 2011 at 1:38 AM
peter brock

whether it's good or bad depends on whether or not it met the intended purpose of the creator, no?
i see a plethora of info here and the "esthetics" plays in nicely to the macro and micro levels of viewing this data.

Tue 11 Jan 2011 at 7:34 AM

i have to admit that there is quite some information in this visualization. so i have to be more exact in my critic:
the problem is, that there ist too little explicit information. the information is presented in a very implicit, indirect way. so the reader has to spend much effort to get real information out of it. this should not be the readers task but the task of the creator.

Tue 11 Jan 2011 at 8:00 AM
peter brock

I feel there's a difference between data visualisation and information design, though. This is, to my eyes, data visualisation; i.e. a visualisation of the data, not necessarily intended to be informative. Things like David McCandless' work is what I'd call information design, in that it is informative but doesn't look as interesting (as far as I'm concerned as things like this.

It's a sliding scale, you either have very useful, not so interesting (or complex) visuals, or not so useful, very complex visuals. I like this as design but wouldn't use it to research the discussions on the deletions of Wikipedia articles.

Wed 12 Jan 2011 at 11:06 AM

IMHO, I think it's an interesting way to show the data. It's really fun to see where topics went. Some go left then shoot right, some so straight, some go in circles. It's also interesting to see the trends in thinking about different topics, in comparison to the whole.

Wed 12 Jan 2011 at 4:49 PM

Chances are you'd be duplicating, resizing, and moving several copies of the layers all over the place.

Thu 24 Mar 2011 at 11:25 PM
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