Mopping up: Modeling wikipedia promotion decisions
|Mopping up: Modeling wikipedia promotion decisions|
|Author(s)||Burke M., Kraut R.|
|Published in||Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW|
|Keyword(s)||Administrators, Collaboration, Management, Organizational behavior, Policy capture, Promotion, Wikipedia (Extra: Collaboration management, Distributed consensus, On the flies, Online communities, Organizational behavior, Self evaluation, Similarities and differences, Wikipedia, Interactive computer systems, Management, Groupware)|
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Mopping up: Modeling wikipedia promotion decisions is a 2008 conference paper written in English by Burke M., Kraut R. and published in Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW.
This paper presents a model of the behavior of candidates for promotion to administrator status in Wikipedia. It uses a policy capture framework to highlight similarities and differences in the community's stated criteria for promotion decisions to those criteria actually correlated with promotion success. As promotions are determined by the consensus of dozens of voters with conflicting opinions and unwritten expectations, the results highlight the degree to which consensus is truly reached. The model is fast and easily computable on the fly, and thus could be applied as a self-evaluation tool for editors considering becoming administrators, as a dashboard for voters to view a nominee's relevant statistics, or as a tool to automatically search for likely future administrators. Implications for distributed consensus-building in online communities are discussed. Copyright 2008 ACM.
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