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Re: Dave Needs Help To Stay On WIKI - A General Call For Help
« Reply #125 on: January 01, 2016, 07:30:04 am »
The Rise and Decline of Wikipedia?

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Halfaker, Geiger, Morgan, and Riedl have a new paper on the topic of open collaboration systems about how Wikipedia's reaction to its popularity is causing its decline (pdf).

    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.

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Re: Dave Needs Help To Stay On WIKI - A General Call For Help
« Reply #126 on: April 18, 2016, 12:09:16 am »
Another article for those playing along at home:

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