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Avoiding Tragedy in the Wiki-Commons
Abstract For some reason, thousands of volunteers cFor some reason, thousands of volunteers contribute to Wikipedia, with no expectation of remuneration or direct credit, with the constant risk of their work being altered. As a voluntary public good, it seems that Wikipedia ought to face a problem of non-contribution. Yet, this Article argues that like much of the Open Source Movement, Wikipedia overcomes this problem by locking-in a core group of dedicated volunteers who are motivated by a desire to join and gain status within the Wikipedia community. Yet, undesirable contribution is just as significant a risk to Wikipedia as under-contribution. Bad informational inputs, including vandalism and anti-intellectualism, put the project at risk, because Wikipedia requires a degree of credibility to maintain its lock-in effect. At the same time, Wikipedia is so dependent on the work of its core community, that governance strategies to exclude bad inputs must be delicately undertaken. Therefore, this Article argues that to maximize useful participation, Wikipedia must carefully combat harmful inputs while preserving the zeal of its core-community, as failure to do either may result in tragedy.ailure to do either may result in tragedy.
Abstractsub For some reason, thousands of volunteers cFor some reason, thousands of volunteers contribute to Wikipedia, with no expectation of remuneration or direct credit, with the constant risk of their work being altered. As a voluntary public good, it seems that Wikipedia ought to face a problem of non-contribution. Yet, this Article argues that like much of the Open Source Movement, Wikipedia overcomes this problem by locking-in a core group of dedicated volunteers who are motivated by a desire to join and gain status within the Wikipedia community. Yet, undesirable contribution is just as significant a risk to Wikipedia as under-contribution. Bad informational inputs, including vandalism and anti-intellectualism, put the project at risk, because Wikipedia requires a degree of credibility to maintain its lock-in effect. At the same time, Wikipedia is so dependent on the work of its core community, that governance strategies to exclude bad inputs must be delicately undertaken. Therefore, this Article argues that to maximize useful participation, Wikipedia must carefully combat harmful inputs while preserving the zeal of its core-community, as failure to do either may result in tragedy.ailure to do either may result in tragedy.
Bibtextype misc  +
Has author Andrew George +
Has keyword Wikipedia + , Public good + , Volunteer +
Has reference The Cathedral and the Bazaar + , Students love it, but teachers take issue with wikipedia’s reliability + , Fatally flawed: refuting the recent study on encyclopedic accuracy by the journal nature + , Encyclopaedia britannica and nature: a response + , Internet encyclopaedias go head to head + , Can wikipedia ever make the grade? +
Has remote mirror http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=975096  +
Has webcitation mirror 67qDKMFdR  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 6  +
Title Avoiding Tragedy in the Wiki-Commons +
Type unknown  +
Year 2007 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 22 May 2012 03:44:36  +
Categories Publications without published in parameter  + , Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without DOI parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 22 May 2012 03:44:36  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. March 2007  +
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