Scaling consensus: increasing decentralization in Wikipedia governance

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Scaling consensus: increasing decentralization in Wikipedia governance
Authors: Andrea Forte, Amy Bruckman [edit item]
Citation: HICSS '08 Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  : . 2008 January 7-10. Big Island, HI, United states. Inst. of Elec. and Elec. Eng. Computer Society.
Publication type: Conference paper
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2008.383.
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Scaling consensus: increasing decentralization in Wikipedia governance is a publication by Andrea Forte, Amy Bruckman.


[edit] Abstract

How does "self-governance" happen in Wikipedia? Through in-depth interviews with eleven individuals who have held a variety of responsibilities in the English Wikipedia we obtained rich descriptions of how various forces produce and regulate social structures on the site. Our analysis describes Wikipedia as an organization with highly refined policies norms and a technological architecture that supports organizational ideals of consensus building and discussion. We describe how governance in the site is becoming increasingly decentralized as the community grows and how this is predicted by theories of commons-based governance developed in offline contexts. The trend of decentralization is noticeable with respect to both content-related decision making processes and social structures that regulate user behavior.

[edit] Research questions

"How does "self-governance" happen in Wikipedia? Through in-depth interviews with eleven individuals who have held a variety of responsibilities in the English Wikipedia, we obtained rich descriptions of how various forces produce and regulate social structures on the site."

Research details

Topics: Policies and governance [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "theories of commons-based governance developed in offline contexts" [edit item]
Research design: Phenomenology [edit item]
Data source: Interview responses, Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article:talk, Policy, Policy:talk, Discussion and Q&A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Our analysis describes Wikipedia as an organization with highly refined policies, norms, and a technological architecture that supports organizational ideals of consensus building and discussion. We describe how governance in the site is becoming increasingly decentralized as the community grows and how this is predicted by theories of commons-based governance developed in offline contexts. The trend of decentralization is noticeable with respect to both content-related decision making processes and social structures that regulate user behavior."

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