Don't look now, but we've created a bureaucracy: the nature and roles of policies and rules in Wikipedia

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Don't look now, but we've created a bureaucracy: the nature and roles of policies and rules in wikipedia is a 2008 conference paper written in English by Brian Butler, Elisabeth Joyce, Jacqueline Pike and published in CHI.

[edit] Abstract

Wikis are sites that support the development of emergent, collective infrastructures that are highly flexible and open, suggesting that the systems that use them will be egalitarian, free, and unstructured. Yet it is apparent that the flexible infrastructure of wikis allows the development and deployment of a wide range of structures. However, we find that the policies in Wikipedia and the systems and mechanisms that operate around them are multi-faceted. In this descriptive study, we draw on prior work on rules and policies in organizations to propose and apply a conceptual framework for understanding the natures and roles of policies in wikis. We conclude that wikis are capable of supporting a broader range of structures and activities than other collaborative platforms. Wikis allow for and, in fact, facilitate the creation of policies that serve a wide variety of functions.

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  • "The impact of anonymity and group identification on progroup behavior in computer-mediated groups" (create it!) [search]
  • "Becoming Wikipedia: Transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia" (create it!) [search]
  • "Power of the few vs. Wisdom of the crowd: Wikipedia and the rise of the bourgeoisie" (create it!) [search]
  • "Intrinsic motivation of open content contributors: The case of Wikipedia" (create it!) [search]

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