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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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  • Loris Gaio & Alessandro Rossi & Matthijs den Besten & Jean-Michel Dalle, 2009. "Wikibugs: the practice of template messages in open content collections," DISA Working Papers 0904, Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy, revised 29 Jul 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:trt:disawp:0904
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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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    commons based peer production; wikipedia; wiki; survival analysis; quality; bug fixing; template messages; coordination;

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    • M15 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - IT Management
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software

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