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Governance in social media: a case study of the Wikipedia promotion process
Abstract Social media sites are often guided by a cSocial media sites are often guided by a core group of committed users engaged in various forms of governance. A crucial aspect of this type of governance is deliberation, inwhich such a group reaches decisions on issues of importance to the site. Despite its crucial — though subtle — role in how a number of prominent social media sites function, there has been relatively little investigation of the deliberative aspects of social media governance. Here we explore this issue, investigating a particular deliberative process that is extensive, public, and recorded: the promotion of Wikipedia admins, which is determined by elections that engage committed members of the Wikipedia community. We find that the group decision-making at the heart of this process exhibits several fundamental forms of relative assessment. First we observe that the chance that a voter will support a candidate is strongly dependent on the relationship between characteristics of the voter and the candidate. Second we investigate how both individual voter decisions and overall election outcomes can be based on models that take into account the sequential, public nature of the voting.e sequential, public nature of the voting.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Conclusion We find that the group decision-making at We find that the group decision-making at the heart of this process exhibits several fundamental forms of relative assessment. First we observe that the chance that a voter will support a candidate is strongly dependent on the relationship between characteristics of the voter and the candidate. Second we investigate how both individual voter decisions and overall election outcomes can be based on models that take into account the sequential, public nature of the voting.e sequential, public nature of the voting.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Dates 20 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Governance%2Bin%2Bsocial%2Bmedia%3A%2Ba%2Bcase%2Bstudy%2Bof%2Bthe%2BWikipedia%2Bpromotion%2Bprocess%22  +
Has author Jure Leskovec + , Daniel Huttenlocher + , Jon Kleinberg +
Has domain Computer science +
Has topic Deliberative collaboration + , Policies and governance + , Social order +
Month April  +
Pages 98-105  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media +
Research design Econometrics and time series  + , Statistical analysis  +
Research questions What determines the chances that a voter would vote for a user's promotion to admin status? What are the voting patterns seen?
Revid 10,793  +
Theories "theories of sequential expressions of opi"theories of sequential expressions of opinion in on-line settings (Wu and Huberman 2008); these theories argue that such deviations represent a tendency for users to be more motivated to express an opinion when it goes against the prevailing outcome"; "theories of herding and information cascades"ories of herding and information cascades"
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Governance in social media: a case study of the Wikipedia promotion process
Unit of analysis Edit  + , User  +
Url http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM10/paper/viewFile/1485/1841  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Dump  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article:talk  + , User  + , User:talk  + , History  + , Policy  + , Policy:talk  + , Collaboration and coordination  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 17 October 2012 15:16:49  +
Categories Deliberative collaboration  + , Policies and governance  + , Social order  + , Computer science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  + , Publications in arXiv  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:28:35  +
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