Wikibugs: the practice of template messages in open content collections

Gaio, Loris and den Besten, Matthijs and Rossi, Alessandro and Dalle, Jean-Michel (2009) Wikibugs: the practice of template messages in open content collections. UNSPECIFIED.

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    In the paper we investigate an organizational practice meant to increase the quality of commons-based peer production: the use of template messages in wiki collections to highlight editorial bugs and call for intervention. In the context of SimpleWiki, an online encyclopedia of the Wikipedia family, we focus on {complex}, a template which is used to flag articles disregarding the overall goals of simplicity and readability. We characterize how this template is placed on and removed from articles and we use survival analysis to study the emergence and successful treatment of these bugs in the collection.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Computer and management sciences
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Q360 Information Theory
    Uncontrolled Keywords: commons based peer production, wikipedia, wiki, survival analysis, quality, bug fixing, template messages, coordination JEL Keys: M15 - IT Management L86 - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    Report Number: DISA Working Paper 2009/4
    Repository staff approval on: 14 Sep 2009

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