- The Washington Times - Friday, July 19, 2013

The most controversial topic on Wikipedia, gauged by the sheer number of edits, is former President George W. Bush.

Oxford University researchers made the discovery after analyzing millions of articles on the site, posted in 10 different languages, to see which topics were embroiled in “edit wars,” BBC News reported.

Edit wars are defined as editing battles that ensue in the time period after updates are posted to the page. The most contested topics undergo edits just seconds after updates are posted.

The BBC reported that the top controversial articles for the English language of Wikipedia: George W. Bush.

Second most controversial: Anarchism.

That’s followed by articles on Muhammad, “List of WWE employees,” global warming, circumcision, the United States – and finally, at No. 8 on the list, Jesus Christ.

Rounding out the list at numbers nine and 10 are race and intelligence, followed by Christianity.


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