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Why do people write for Wikipedia? Incentives to contribute to open-content publishing
Abstract When people learn that we have spoken to iWhen people learn that we have spoken to individuals who spend up to 30 hours a week volunteering their time to research and write for an open-content encyclopedia, we often hear the same question: “Why do they do it?“ The fact that this encyclopedia does not provide bylines to credit authors for their hard work makes the scenario still less fathomable. Two rounds of interviews with 22 volunteer encyclopedia writers in the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005 revealed that, in some respects, the incentive system that motivates contributions to the open- content encyclopedia Wikipedia resembles that of the scientific community. Like scientists, contributors to Wikipedia seek to collaboratively identify and publish true facts about the world. Research on the sociology of science provides a useful touchstone for considering the incentive systems embedded in the technology and culture of online communities of collaborative authorship. In this paper we describe some of our findings in the context of Latour and Woolgar’s seminal work on the incentive systems that motivate publishing scientists. We suggest that minimizing reliance on “hard coded,“ stratified user privileges and providing indicators of engagement in desirable activities can help support the growth of incentive economies in online communities.incentive economies in online communities.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion We suggest that minimizing reliance on “hard coded,“ stratified user privileges and providing indicators of engagement in desirable activities can help support the growth of incentive economies in online communities.
Conference location Sanibel Island, FL. +
Data source Interview responses  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Why%2Bdo%2Bpeople%2Bwrite%2Bfor%2BWikipedia%3F%2BIncentives%2Bto%2Bcontribute%2Bto%2Bopen-content%2Bpublishing%22  +
Has author Andrea Forte + , Amy Bruckman +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Contributor motivation +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in Group 2005 workshop: Sustaining community: The role and design of incentive mechanisms in online systems +
Research design Case study  +
Research questions Why do individuals write for an open-content encyclopedia?
Revid 11,058  +
Theories Latour and Woolgar "cycle of credit."
Theory type Explanation  +
Title Why do people write for Wikipedia? Incentives to contribute to open-content publishing
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://jellis.org/work/group2005/papers/forteBruckmanIncentivesGroup.pdf  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2005  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 11 October 2012 16:52:44  +
Categories Contributor motivation  + , Information systems  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:31  +
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