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Wikipedia’s Labor Squeeze and its Consequences
Abstract This essay explains why Wikipedia will notThis essay explains why Wikipedia will not be able to maintain a [[credible]] website while simultaneously letting anyone freely edit it. To date, Wikipedia editors have successfully defended against [[malicious attacks]] from [[spammers]] and [[vandals]], but as editors turn over, Wikipedia will need to recruit replacements. However, Wikipedia will have difficulty with this recruiting task due to its limited [[incentives]] for participation. Faced with a potential labor squeeze, Wikipedia will choose to restrict users’ ability to contribute to the site as a way of preserving site credibility. Wikipedia’s specific configuration choices make it an interesting test case to evaluate the tension between free editability and site credibility, and this Essay touches on how this tension affects [[user-generated content]] (UGC) generally.[user-generated content]] (UGC) generally.
Abstractsub This essay explains why Wikipedia will notThis essay explains why Wikipedia will not be able to maintain a [[credible]] website while simultaneously letting anyone freely edit it. To date, Wikipedia editors have successfully defended against [[malicious attacks]] from [[spammers]] and [[vandals]], but as editors turn over, Wikipedia will need to recruit replacements. However, Wikipedia will have difficulty with this recruiting task due to its limited [[incentives]] for participation. Faced with a potential labor squeeze, Wikipedia will choose to restrict users’ ability to contribute to the site as a way of preserving site credibility. Wikipedia’s specific configuration choices make it an interesting test case to evaluate the tension between free editability and site credibility, and this Essay touches on how this tension affects [[user-generated content]] (UGC) generally.[user-generated content]] (UGC) generally.
Bibtextype article  +
Has author Eric Goldman +
Has keyword Wikipedia + , User generated content + , UGC + , Web 2.0 + , Peer production + , Wiki + , Online + , Volunteer +
Has remote mirror http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1458162  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 2  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 157-183  +
Peer-reviewed Yes  +
Published in Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law +
Title Wikipedia’s Labor Squeeze and its Consequences +
Type journal article  +
Volume 8  +
Year 2009 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 19 February 2012 03:14:48  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without DOI parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Journal articles  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 19 February 2012 10:11:58  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2009  +
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