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Scaling consensus: increasing decentralization in Wikipedia governance
Abstract How does "self-governance" happen in WikipHow 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.al structures that regulate user behavior.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Conclusion Our analysis describes Wikipedia as an orgOur 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.al structures that regulate user behavior.
Conference location Big Island, HI, United states +
Data source Interview responses  + , Wikipedia pages  +
Dates 7-10 +
Doi 10.1109/HICSS.2008.383 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Scaling%2Bconsensus%3A%2Bincreasing%2Bdecentralization%2Bin%2BWikipedia%2Bgovernance%22  +
Has author Andrea Forte + , Amy Bruckman +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Policies and governance +
Month January  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in HICSS '08 Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences +
Publisher Inst. of Elec. and Elec. Eng. Computer Society +
Research design Phenomenology  +
Research questions How does "self-governance" happen in WikipHow 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.nd regulate social structures on the site.
Revid 10,932  +
Theories theories of commons-based governance developed in offline contexts
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Scaling consensus: increasing decentralization in Wikipedia governance
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4438860  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type Article:talk  + , Policy  + , Policy:talk  + , Discussion and Q&A  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:05  +
Categories Policies and governance  + , Information systems  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:15  +
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