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Readers are not free-riders: reading as a form of participation on Wikipedia
Abstract The success of Wikipedia as a large-scale The success of Wikipedia as a large-scale collaborative effort has spurred researchers to examine the motivations and behaviors of Wikipedia's participants. However, this research has tended to focus on active involvement rather than more common forms of participation such as reading. In this paper we argue that Wikipedia's readers should not all be characterized as free-riders -- individuals who knowingly choose to take advantage of others' effort. Furthermore, we illustrate how readers provide a valuable service to Wikipedia. Finally, we use the notion of legitimate peripheral participation to argue that reading is a gateway activity through which newcomers learn about Wikipedia. We find support for our arguments in the results of a survey of Wikipedia usage and knowledge. Implications for future research and design are discussed. future research and design are discussed.
Abstractsub The success of Wikipedia as a large-scale The success of Wikipedia as a large-scale collaborative effort has spurred researchers to examine the motivations and behaviors of Wikipedia's participants. However, this research has tended to focus on active involvement rather than more common forms of participation such as reading. In this paper we argue that Wikipedia's readers should not all be characterized as free-riders -- individuals who knowingly choose to take advantage of others' effort. Furthermore, we illustrate how readers provide a valuable service to Wikipedia. Finally, we use the notion of legitimate peripheral participation to argue that reading is a gateway activity through which newcomers learn about Wikipedia. We find support for our arguments in the results of a survey of Wikipedia usage and knowledge. Implications for future research and design are discussed. future research and design are discussed.
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Citeulike 6673393  +
Doi 10.1145/1718918.1718942  +
Has author Judd Antin + , Coye Cheshire +
Has extra keyword Coverage +
Has keyword Wikipedia + , Participation + , Free-riding + , Motivation + , Incomplete information + , Social computing +
Has remote mirror http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/strategy/1/10/Antin-Cheshire-Readers-are-Not-Free-Riders.pdf  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 5  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 127-130  +
Published in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work +
Title Readers are not free-riders: reading as a form of participation on Wikipedia +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2010 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 28 January 2012 21:58:49  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Conference papers  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 December 2015 06:40:57  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2010  +
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