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Wikibugs: the practice of template messages in open content collections

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  • Loris Gaio
  • Alessandro Rossi
  • Matthijs den Besten
  • Jean-Michel Dalle

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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.

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Paper provided by Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy in its series DISA Working Papers with number 0904.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
Date of revision: 29 Jul 2009
Handle: RePEc:trt:disawp:0904

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Keywords: commons based peer production; wikipedia; wiki; survival analysis; quality; bug fixing; template messages; coordination;

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  1. Matthijs Den Besten & Jean-Michel Dalle, 2008. "Keep it Simple: A Companion for Simple Wikipedia?," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(2), pages 169-178.
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