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Herding the cats: The influence of groups in coordinating peer production
Abstract Peer production systems rely on users to sPeer production systems rely on users to self-select appropriate tasks and "scratch their personal itch". However, many such systems require significant maintenance work, which also implies the need for collective action, that is, individuals following goals set by the group and performing good citizenship behaviors. How can this paradox be resolved? Here we examine one potential answer: the influence of social identification with the larger group on contributors' behavior. We examine Wikipedia, a highly successful peer production system, and find a significant and growing influence of group structure, with a prevalent example being the WikiProject. Comparison of editors who join projects with those who do not and comparisons of the joiners' behavior before and after they join a project suggest their identification with the group plays an important role in directing them towards group goals and good citizenship behaviors. Upon joining, Wikipedians are more likely to work on project-related content, to shift their contributions towards coordination rather than production work, and to perform maintenance work such as reverting vandalism. These results suggest that group influence can play an important role in maintaining the health of online communities, even when such communities are putatively self-directed peer production systems. Copyrightirected peer production systems. Copyright
Abstractsub Peer production systems rely on users to sPeer production systems rely on users to self-select appropriate tasks and "scratch their personal itch". However, many such systems require significant maintenance work, which also implies the need for collective action, that is, individuals following goals set by the group and performing good citizenship behaviors. How can this paradox be resolved? Here we examine one potential answer: the influence of social identification with the larger group on contributors' behavior. We examine Wikipedia, a highly successful peer production system, and find a significant and growing influence of group structure, with a prevalent example being the WikiProject. Comparison of editors who join projects with those who do not and comparisons of the joiners' behavior before and after they join a project suggest their identification with the group plays an important role in directing them towards group goals and good citizenship behaviors. Upon joining, Wikipedians are more likely to work on project-related content, to shift their contributions towards coordination rather than production work, and to perform maintenance work such as reverting vandalism. These results suggest that group influence can play an important role in maintaining the health of online communities, even when such communities are putatively self-directed peer production systems. Copyrightirected peer production systems. Copyright
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Doi 10.1145/1641309.1641321  +
Has author Aniket Kittur + , Pendleton B. + , Kraut R.E. +
Has extra keyword Before and after + , Collective action + , Group structure + , Maintenance work + , Online community + , Organizational citizenship behaviors + , Peer production + , Production work + , Related content + , Social identification + , Wikipedia + , Maintenance + , Production engineering + , Structural members + , Online systems +
Has keyword Coordination + , Groups + , Organizational citizenship behavior + , Peer production + , Self-identification + , Wikipedia +
Isbn 9781605587301  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 3  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Published in WikiSym +
Title Herding the cats: The influence of groups in coordinating peer production +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2009 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 7 November 2014 19:14:14  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 7 November 2014 19:14:14  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2009  +
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