So during our visit day a prospective student and scatterplot reader proposed a challenge to our fellow sociologists. I won’t out said person here unless they want to reveal themselves. But here’s the idea: sociology posts on wikipedia are enormously popular (thousands of visits a day) but tend to be quite terrible. So, folks should improve them. That means you! As an incentive, a special prize will be awarded to anyone who re-writes (or writes) the best wikipedia sociology entry. Before and after accounts will be required. The panel of judges is to be determined (likely, yours truly). The prize will be awarded at the annual scatterplot gathering (which the ASA has wisely decided to coordinate its meeting around). To quote from the originator of this idea (I edited the quote to suit my needs):
A few sociology wikipedia articles are OK: the main Sociology entry is decent (though a part of it is stubbed), and some subfields like Social Networks have good pages. However, most are in serious need of work: see, for example, sociology of science, urban sociology, or Medical sociology. There is really no shortage of poor articles to pick from — a list of sociology subfields for inspiration can be found here and of general sociology topics here. Come to think of it, that list of sociology subfields could itself use some work.
In order for this to be productive, the article should follow the rules for a wikipedia article: encyclopedic tone, ==Article sections==, [[hypertext links to other wiki articles]] and, preferably <ref> properly cited references </ref>. (oh, and illustrations are always nice, too!)
If you find numbers inspiring, the main Sociology article got between 2800 and 5800 hits every single day in February. I am guessing that makes it the single most read article about sociology anywhere.
Get to it. And I promise that the special prize will be really special.