My kind of people?: perceptions about Wikipedia contributors and their motivations

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My kind of people?: perceptions about Wikipedia contributors and their motivations is a 2011 conference paper written in English by Judd Antin and published in Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems.

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Perceptions of information products such as Wikipedia can depend on assumptions and stereotypes about the people who create them. As new Wikipedians consider contributing they are likely to apply such assumptions and ask themselves: "Are Wikipedia contributors my kind of people? Is this a group I'd like to belong to?" In this qualitative study I address the potential challenge of these questions by exploring readers and infrequent editors' perceptions of Wikipedia contributors and their motivations. Through analysis of twenty semi-structured interviews, I find evidence of strong negative perceptions as well as positive ones which nonetheless prevent users from identifying with active Wikipedia contributors. I argue that these perceptions present a barrier to the progression of participation over time. I conclude by discussing the practical challenges of my findings for Wikipedia and other online collaborative systems.

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This publication has 14 references. Only those references related to wikis are included here:

  • "Becoming wikipedian: 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]
  • "Online motivational factors: Incentives for participation and contribution in Wikipedia" (create it!) [search]

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