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Gaming against the greater good
Abstract Wikipedia has grown to be one of the most Wikipedia has grown to be one of the most visited Web sites in the world. Despite its influence on popular culture and the way we think about knowledge production and consumption, the conversation about why and how it works -or whether it's credible at all - is ongoing. This paper began as an examination of what the concept of "authority" means in Wikipedia and what role rhetoric might play in manufacturing this authority. But Wikipedia's editors have functioned well as a community having collaboratively developed a comprehensive set of social norms designed to place the project before any individual. Hence ideas like authority and rhetoric have only marginal roles in day-to-day activities. This paper takes an in-depth look at these norms and how they work paying particular attention to a relatively new guideline that exemplifies the spirit of the Wikipedia community - "Gaming the system".Wikipedia community - "Gaming the system".
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments It is this us–ness, the consensus–based, continuously tested and revised set of shared social norms based not on the benefit of individual members, but on a greater good, that makes Wikipedia work.
Conclusion Wikipedia, through an ecology that places Wikipedia, through an ecology that places its betterment first and foremost, reduces the basis of authority down to neutral editing skills and the ability to state clearly, citing consensus–based policies and guidelines, why something will or will not improve the quality of the project. This effectively quashes the concept of rhetoric not just in obvious terms of article content, but also as a component of discourse. There just isn’t room for arguments that have a net negative effect on Wikipedia. This is why “Gaming the system” does a great job of conveying the spirit of the rules: it doesn’t matter what you read; if you’re not working towards the common good, you are in the wrong. While some people use the Web to create a “Daily Me” of personalized communications and information, Sunstein notes the emergence of a “Daily Us, a situation in which people can obtain immediate access to information held by all or at least most, and in which each person can instantly add to that knowledge.” [26] It is this us–ness, the consensus–based, continuously tested and revised set of shared social norms based not on the benefit of individual members, but on a greater good, that makes Wikipedia work. As “Gaming the system” both clarifies and exemplifies, these norms are best represented by an underlying spirit and a common goal. The collection of written policy documents are just intended to steer you towards it are just intended to steer you towards it
Data source Interview responses  + , Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Gaming%2Bagainst%2Bthe%2Bgreater%2Bgood%22  +
Has author Ryan McGrady +
Has domain Political science + , Sociology +
Has topic Community building + , Culture and values of Wikipedia +
Issue 2  +
Month February  +
Pages 10  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in First Monday +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions Wikipedia has grown to be one of the most Wikipedia has grown to be one of the most visited Web sites in the world. Despite its influence on popular culture and the way we think about knowledge production and consumption, the conversation about why and how it works —or whether it’s credible at all — is ongoing. This paper began as an examination of what the concept of “authority” means in Wikipedia and what role rhetoric might play in manufacturing this authority. But Wikipedia’s editors have functioned well as a community, having collaboratively developed a comprehensive set of social norms designed to place the project before any individual. Hence ideas like authority and rhetoric have only marginal roles in day–to–day activities. This paper takes an in–depth look at these norms and how they work, paying particular attention to a relatively new guideline that exemplifies the spirit of the Wikipedia community — “Gaming the system.”Wikipedia community — “Gaming the system.”
Revid 10,785  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Gaming against the greater good
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2215/2091  +
Volume 14  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:28:24  +
Categories Community building  + , Culture and values of Wikipedia  + , Political science  + , Sociology  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:27:58  +
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