WikiRep: Digital Reputation in Virtual Communities

Sabel, Mikalai and Garg, Anurag and Battiti, Roberto (2005) WikiRep: Digital Reputation in Virtual Communities. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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    We present a framework for applying digital reputations to collaborative environments, where multiple authors contribute to the same document. In our mechanism readers evaluate a single document, and reputation data derived from the feedbacks affect multiple authors and document versions. The digital reputation encourages contribution and provides motivation for active participation, leading to better quality of the content and to better user experience. Our approach is applicable to user-managed communities, distributed moderation systems, and other collaborative contexts. The underlying ideas of our scheme are: separate ratings for different versions of the same document, inheritance of previous ratings for newer versions, and appropriate allocation of credit to versions and authors. We describe in detail both the algorithms used to compute reputations, and our implementation, WikiRep, a reputation-enabled Wiki application.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA076 Computer software
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital reputations, virtual communities, wiki
    Report Number: DIT-05-050
    Repository staff approval on: 15 Jun 2005

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