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Talk before you type: coordination in Wikipedia
Abstract Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has atWikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has attracted attention both because of its popularity and its unconventional policy of letting anyone on the internet edit its articles. This paper describes the results of an empirical analysis of Wikipedia and discusses ways in which the Wikipedia community has evolved as it has grown. We contrast our findings with an earlier study [11] and present three main results. First, the community maintains a strong resilience to malicious editing, despite tremendous growth and high traffic. Second, the fastest growing areas of Wikipedia are devoted to coordination and organization. Finally, we focus on a particular set of pages used to coordinate work, the Talk pages. By manually coding the content of a subset of these pages we find that these pages serve many purposes notably supporting strategic planning of edits and enforcement of standard guidelines and conventions. Our results suggest that despite the potential for anarchy the Wikipedia community places a strong emphasis on group coordination policy and process. on group coordination policy and process.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Comments "First, the community maintains a strong resilience to malicious editing, despite tremendous growth and high traffic. Second, the fastest growing areas of Wikipedia are devoted to coordination and organization" p. 1
Conclusion We contrast our findings with an earlier sWe contrast our findings with an earlier study and present three main results. First, the community maintains a strong resilience to malicious editing, despite tremendous growth and high traffic. Second, the fastest growing areas of Wikipedia are devoted to coordination and organization. Finally, we focus on a particular set of pages used to coordinate work, the "Talk" pages. By manually coding the content of a subset of these pages, we find that these pages serve many purposes, notably supporting strategic planning of edits and enforcement of standard guidelines and conventions. Our results suggest that despite the potential for anarchy, the Wikipedia community places a strong emphasis on group coordination, policy, and processon group coordination, policy, and process
Conference location Big Island, HI, United states +
Data source Experiment responses  + , Wikipedia pages  +
Dates 3-6 +
Doi 10.1109/HICSS.2007.511 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Talk%2Bbefore%2Byou%2Btype%3A%2Bcoordination%2Bin%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author Fernanda B. Viégas + , Martin Wattenberg + , Jesse Kriss + , Frank van Ham +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Deliberative collaboration + , Quality improvement processes +
Month January  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in HICSS '07 Proceedings of the 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences +
Publisher Inst. of Elec. and Elec. Eng. Computer Society +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions This paper describes the results of an empirical analysis of Wikipedia and discusses ways in which the Wikipedia community has evolved as it has grown.
Revid 10,955  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Talk before you type: coordination in Wikipedia
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4076527&tag=1  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Dump  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , History  + , Discussion and Q&A  +
Year 2007  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:18  +
Categories Deliberative collaboration  + , Quality improvement processes  + , Information systems  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:29  +
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