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The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Wikipedia's Reaction to Sudden Popularity is Causing its Decline
Abstract Open collaboration systems like Wikipedia Open collaboration systems like Wikipedia need to maintain a pool of volunteer contributors in order to remain relevant. Wikipedia was created through a tremendous number of contributions by millions of contributors. However, recent research has shown that the number of active contributors in Wikipedia has been declining steadily for years, and suggests that a sharp decline in the retention of newcomers is the cause. This paper presents data that show that several changes the Wikipedia community made to manage quality and consistency in the face of a massive growth in participation have ironically crippled the very growth they were designed to manage. Specifically, the restrictiveness of the encyclopedia's primary quality control mechanism and the algorithmic tools used to reject contributions are implicated as key causes of decreased newcomer retention. Further, the community's formal mechanisms for norm articulation are shown to have calcified against changes – especially changes proposed by newer editors.ecially changes proposed by newer editors.
Abstractsub Open collaboration systems like Wikipedia Open collaboration systems like Wikipedia need to maintain a pool of volunteer contributors in order to remain relevant. Wikipedia was created through a tremendous number of contributions by millions of contributors. However, recent research has shown that the number of active contributors in Wikipedia has been declining steadily for years, and suggests that a sharp decline in the retention of newcomers is the cause. This paper presents data that show that several changes the Wikipedia community made to manage quality and consistency in the face of a massive growth in participation have ironically crippled the very growth they were designed to manage. Specifically, the restrictiveness of the encyclopedia's primary quality control mechanism and the algorithmic tools used to reject contributions are implicated as key causes of decreased newcomer retention. Further, the community's formal mechanisms for norm articulation are shown to have calcified against changes – especially changes proposed by newer editors.ecially changes proposed by newer editors.
Bibtextype article  +
Has author Aaron Halfaker + , R. Stuart Geiger + , Jonathan Morgan + , John T. Reidl +
Has paywall mirror http://abs.sagepub.com/content/57/5/664  +
Has reference Wikipedia self-governance in action: motivating the policy lens + , Becoming wikipedian: transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia + , Socialization tactics in Wikipedia and their effects + , Decentralization in Wikipedia Governance + , Internet encyclopaedias go head to head + , The lives of bots + , Defense mechanism or socialization tactic? improving wikipedia's notifications to rejected contributors + , The work of sustaining order in Wikipedia: the banning of a vandal + , A jury of your peers: Quality, experience and ownership in Wikipedia + , Don't bite the newbies: how reverts affect the quantity and quality of Wikipedia work + , He says, she says: conflict and coordination in Wikipedia + , Community, consensus, coercion, control: cs*w or how policy mediates mass participation + , Is Wikipedia growing a longer tail? + , WP:clubhouse?: an exploration of Wikipedia's gender imbalance + , Negotiating with angry mastodons: the wikipedia policy environment as genre ecology + , Mentoring in Wikipedia: a clash of cultures + , Creating, destroying, and restoring value in Wikipedia + , Information quality work organization in Wikipedia + , The singularity is not near: slowing growth of Wikipedia + , Understanding and improving Wikipedia article discussion spaces + , Talk Before You Type: Coordination in Wikipedia + , Spam mitigation using spatio-temporal reputations from blacklist history +
Has remote mirror http://halfaker.info/publications/The_Rise_and_Decline  +
Issue 5  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 22  +
Pages 664-688  +
Peer-reviewed Yes  +
Published in American Behavioral Scientist +
Title The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Wikipedia's Reaction to Sudden Popularity is Causing its Decline +
Type journal article  +
Volume 57  +
Year 2013 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 13 August 2013 18:36:43  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 14 August 2013 19:13:20  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2013  +
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