Why do people write for Wikipedia? Incentives to contribute to open-content publishing

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Why do people write for Wikipedia? Incentives to contribute to open-content publishing
Authors: Andrea Forte, Amy Bruckman
Citation: Group 2005 workshop: Sustaining community: The role and design of incentive mechanisms in online systems. Sanibel Island, FL.  : 2005 November
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Why do people write for Wikipedia? incentives to contribute to open-content publishing describes a study with interview of 22 Wikipedians to determine contribution motivation on Wikipedia.

Andrea Forte lists this paper as a "position paper".

[edit] Data

Two rounds of interview was done, one with 9, the other with 13 Wikipedians in the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005.

The round of 9 may have been the same wikipedians as described in the paper Becoming wikipedian: transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia.

[edit] Results

Contributor motivation in "Wikipedia resembles the incentive system observed in the scientific community".

Although authorship is not explicit in the articles ("None of the articles are signed"), Wikipedia contributors recognize authorship and "often claim ownership of articles".

[edit] Related papers

  1. Becoming wikipedian: transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia
  2. Experimental study of informal rewards in peer production
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