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July 3, 2012

Wikinews interviews Wikipedia One Direction article maintainer AdabowtheSecond

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

With English band One Direction just finishing a tour of the United States and now working on a new album to be release next year, the band still cannot believe how successful they have become in the past year. Niall Horan told MTV News, “To be honest, if you had said to us a year ago, and this sounds so cliché, [but] if you had said to us a year ago that we were gonna be touring America, we would absolutely have fell on the ground laughing at ya.”

The band’s popularity and marketability continue to grow, with a deal signed recently that will put their brand on merchandise ranging from headphones to alarm clocks available that will be sold from Europe to Latin America. The group’s Twitter following has also seen a large amount of growth with over 4.8 million total followers, gaining over 20,000 followers a day in the past week.

The band’s success can also be seen on Wikipedia, with One Direction’s Wikipedia article getting 1,974,760 views on Wikipedia in the past thirty days, 627,400 more views than the Justin Bieber Wikipedia article in the same period. The article has the attention of the band’s fans on Twitter, with over 900 links to it with several posted early today, and getting 69,600 views yesterday. One Direction’s official Google+ recognised the article, posting a link to it on their account. This high volume of interest is despite interest in the One Direction and the Wikipedia article about the group peaking in two and a half months ago. With efforts to improve the quality of the article so it can be assessed as the second highest quality type of article on Wikipedia, a critical step towards getting the article featured on Wikipedia’s front page, Wikinews sat down with the Wikipedia article’s major contribution, AdabowtheSecond to find out more about maintaining an article about one of today’s most popular boy bands and his own editing experiences on Wikipedia done during a time when the Wikimedia Foundation is making a big push to retain its current editors.

One Direction in concert earlier this year
Image: Eva Rinaldi.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Are you a One Direction fan? If yes, how did you become a fan of the group? Have you seen them live and do you participate in online fandom?

Wikinews waves Left.pngAdabowtheSecondWikinews waves Right.png Yes I’m a One Direction fan, well it all started in October 2011 when I stumbled on an article on which featured One Direction which I obviously then never heard of I looked a the picture of them and “the Asian” of the group (Zayn Malik) amazing skin and impeccable bone structure instantly had me a standstill, so next thing I did was listen to just then UK released single “What Makes You Beautiful” I became utterly obsessed with it played for two days straight before my siblings eventually started objecting, the following thing I did was visit their Wikipedia page to get me so more info on this “One Direction” which I was progressively started to like, as I continued to watch their X Factor performances and interviews I fell in love with all of them, their personalities were amazing, funny, just themselves, and as I watched their live videos and acoustic, acapella performances (on YouTube) I realized they can all sing I had previously only taught Liam Payne and Harry Styles could sing. Love rant over…..

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Why do you maintain the One Direction page on Wikipedia?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png About Wikipedia, it officially started in November 2011 as I was trolling 1D’s sub articles – I was distinctly on their One Direction discography page at it frustrated me that a certain chart wasn’t added so pressed the edit button for the first time and the rest is history. I eventually made an account because I wanted to be able to edit 1D’s main article and trace my edits, and have never looked back :D. I love editing Wikipedia. You will find 90% of edits on One Direction related articles. I maintain the article because they make me really happy and I felt that the page needed to be improved. The page in November 2011, when I first visited it as you can see it has drastically improved with my edits over 800 to date.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have you been blocked for editing the article? Or been involved in any major editing disputes on the article?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png Never with their articles just only with the AFD‘s surrounding the members individual pages – the second time I launched the members individual pages, I got blocked because during the AFD discussion I used 3 different accounts in one discussion so I would have more votes. I was blocked for two days.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What are the challenges in maintaining the page?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png I guess finding the time to, as I am a teenager and attend the second highest level of academic system in my country, I have regular tests and projects, so finding the time and not let it affect my academic performance. Another challenge is probably that I’m the only regular editor of their page. Wikipedia editors are not so active on boy band articles; take a look at the main article of The Wanted, JLS, Big Time Rush (band), Hot Chelle Rae, their all hideous; no images, bad coverage, various typos and their sub articles are all stubs if it wasn’t for me One Direction related articles would be the same.

Hundreds of young Swedish fans scream at boy band One Direction earlier this year
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Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Were do you go to look for sources to use in the article? Are there any sources you know that are unreliable that you avoid or remove when others add them?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png I’m open to all sources except the you tube, Facebook, Twitter, fan websites, tumbler.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Has anyone tried to nominate the article for deletion? How do you handle that?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png Never a One Direction article, with the individual pages for the Members (which have been deleted twice), You try to argument the best you can and hope that it stays, which isn’t quite easy ass[sic] editors are not so fond of the band. Once I cited an example (to a administrator) that the Coldplay members (except for Chris Martin) have not done anything outside the band and they have individual articles since 2007 and he/she didn’t do anything about it while deleting a 1D member individual article, I think because Coldplay are more respected in editors eyes and they grant it them despite it violating the guidelines.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you get crap on Wikipedia because of the article you maintain? Do you feel respected as an editor for maintaining an article about a “boy band”? Do people comment on your taste in music?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png Editors have never comment on my taste of music to date. I have taken quite some crap from editors specifically in AFD discussions attacking me personally, I don’t want to elaborate further. With the hole[sic] boy band thing, I don’t care if editors don’t respect me if I’m prominent editor of 1D articles, why should I like them, they make me happy, I now I’m never going to meet them or have a relationship with one of them, I just appreciate them.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How involved were you in the Good Article preparation? What were specific challenges getting the article ready to nominate?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png With the GA; ever since someone told me that I could bring the article to Featured Article status, I deepened myself into the hole[sic] process, of bringing the article to higher status. So after of improving based on GA criteria, I felt the article was ready.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think articles like One Direction and Justin Bieber are good types of articles to get more female involvement on Wikipedia? Do you think women should be encouraged to edit articles about popular culture topics because the topic is more likely to interest them?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png Sure, you can really see the majority of Wikipedia is run by men, as articles about male recording artist/ current boy bands/ Female TV shows are often neglected.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What do people in your off Wikipedia life think of your Wikipedia work?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png My family thinks[sic] are fine with it although they discourage me to not spend so much time on it. My friends think it weird, so I never talk about with them.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have you been to any Wikipedia meetups and conferences? If yes, did you enjoy them? If not, why not?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png Never, due to my location.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Any other background information you want to provide on your editing or life?

Wikinews waves Left.pngATSWikinews waves Right.png I’m a teenager currently on vacation after a hard year of learning :). In the summer of 2013 I will move abroad to study at the University. English is my third language so excuse if I made so[sic] spelling or grammar mistakes.


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