Web community contributor's motivation: Japanese Wikipedia case study

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Web community contributor's motivation: Japanese Wikipedia case study is a 2010 conference paper written in English by Kamata M., Kato D., Kunieda K., Yamada K. and published in Proc. of the IADIS Int. Conf. Collaborative Technologies 2010, Proc. of the IADIS Int. Conf. Web Based Communities 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010.

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Motivating participants is one of the vital issues for voluntary web communities. Although quite a few studies have portrayed the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a successful example, many of them were focused only on Western language versions such as English. We carried out a survey on Japanese Wikipedia participants and examined their characteristics from a comparative point of view. As a result, we found that the desires to fix errors and fill gaps were the most powerful motivators. In addition, contrary to our initial expectations, many of the participants confessed that they did not feel pleasure from the editing activities. From this, we realized that they are motivated merely by the impulse to remove the incorrect information, and consequently they are ready to leave the community at any point. Moreover, while the wish to share knowledge was the most popular motivation in global studies previously done, few of our participants noted this as their drive. We conclude that familiarization of the community's basic position in society is the essential condition to motivate people continually.

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