On the Analysis of Contributions from Privileged Users in Virtual Open Communities

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On the Analysis of Contributions from Privileged Users in Virtual Open Communities is a 2009 conference paper written in English by Felipe Ortega, Daniel Izquierdo-Cortazar, Jesús M. González-Barahona, Gregorio Robles and published in HICSS.

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Collaborative projects built around virtual communities on the Internet have gained momentum over the last decade. Nevertheless, their rapid growth rate rises some questions: which is the most effective approach to manage and organize their content creation process? Can these communities scale, controlling their projects as their size continues to grow over time? To answer these questions, we undertake a quantitative analysis of privileged users in FLOSS development projects and in Wikipedia. From our results, we conclude that the inequality level of user contributions in both types of initiatives is remarkably distinct, even though both communities present almost identical patterns regarding the number of distinct contributors per file (in FLOSS projects) or per article (in Wikipedia). As a result, totally open projects like Wikipedia can effectively deal with faster growing rates, while FLOSS projects may be affected by bottlenecks on committers who play critical roles.

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