Motivations of Wikipedia content contributors

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Motivations of Wikipedia content contributors
Authors: Heng-Li Yang, Cheng-Yu Lai
Citation: Computers in Human Behavior 26 (6): 1377-1383. 2010 November
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DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2010.04.011.
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Motivations of Wikipedia content contributors reports a study on the motivations of Wikipedia content contributors.

Yang and Li attempted to contact a random sample of 2'000 users on the English Wikipedia. Receiving 219 valid responses to their questionnaire they used structural equation modeling to describe knowledge sharing behavior in terms of intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, external self-concept and internal self-concept. They found that internal self-concept-based motivation was the most important factor for the knowledge sharing bahavior, and this factor was associated with questions such as I consider myself a self-motivated person and I like to share knowledge which gives me a sense of personal achievement. On the other hand intrinsic motivation was found to rarely motivate. This factor was associated with questions such as I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and Sharing my knowledge with others gives me pleasure

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