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Social Self Regulation in On-line Communities: The Case of Wikipedia

Goldspink, Chris (2009) Social Self Regulation in On-line Communities: The Case of Wikipedia International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems, 1 (1).

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This paper documents the findings of research into the governance mechanisms within the distributed on-line community known as Wikipedia. It focuses in particular on the role of normative mechanisms in achieving social self-regulation. A brief history of the Wikipedia is provided. This concentrates on the debate about governance and also considers characteristics of the wiki technology which can be expected to influence governance processes. The empirical findings are then presented. These focus on how Wikipedians use linguistic cues to influence one another on a sample of discussion pages drawn from both controversial and featured articles. Through this analysis a tentative account is provided of the agent-level cognitive mechanisms which appear necessary to explain the apparent behavioural coordination. The findings are to be used as a foundation for the simulation of ‘normative’ behaviour. The account identifies some of the challenges that need to be addressed in such an attempt including a mismatch between the case findings and assumptions used in past attempts to simulate normative behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Goldspink, Chris
Date : 13 March 2009
Additional Information : Published in: International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems, Vol. 1, Issue 1. p19-33. copyright: IGI Global.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:02

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