Research:Codex/Contributor life cycle

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Research questionsEdit

  • Are there patterns in the behavior of contributors along their life cycle on Wikimedia sites?
  • Assuming there are patterns: Is it possible to encourage virtuous patterns leading to contribution? If so, how?
  • Assuming there are patterns: Is it possible to discourage vicious patterns hindering contribution? If so, how?

Patterns in the life cycle of contributorsEdit

Encouraging virtuous patternsEdit

Discouraging vicious patternsEdit

Current researchEdit

Open questionsEdit

Avenues of research, gaps in literature, including leads and resources

Sources to addEdit

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Beschastnikh et al. analyzed the use of policy citations and concluded that "the similarity in fractions for first-time and veteran policy citers indicates a strong socialization of users in Wikipedia."[9]


  1. Ford, Heather; Geiger, R. Stuart (2012-01-01). ""Writing Up Rather Than Writing Down": Becoming Wikipedia Literate" (PDF). Proceedings of the Eighth Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. WikiSym '12 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 16:1–16:4. ISBN 978-1-4503-1605-7. doi:10.1145/2462932.2462954. 
  2. Halfaker, Aaron; Kittur, Aniket; Kraut, Robert; Riedl, John (2009-01-01). "A Jury of Your Peers: Quality, Experience and Ownership in Wikipedia" (PDF). Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. WikiSym '09 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 15:1–15:10. ISBN 978-1-60558-730-1. doi:10.1145/1641309.1641332. 
  3. Morgan, Jonathan T.; Bouterse, Siko; Walls, Heather; Stierch, Sarah (2013-01-01). "Tea and Sympathy: Crafting Positive New User Experiences on Wikipedia" (PDF). Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. CSCW '13 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 839–848. ISBN 978-1-4503-1331-5. doi:10.1145/2441776.2441871. 
  4. Musicant, David R.; Ren, Yuqing; Johnson, James A.; Riedl, John (2011-01-01). "Mentoring in Wikipedia: A Clash of Cultures" (PDF). Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. WikiSym '11 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 173–182. ISBN 978-1-4503-0909-7. doi:10.1145/2038558.2038586. 
  5. Schneider, Jodi; Gelley, Bluma S.; Halfaker, Aaron (2014-01-01). "Accept, Decline, Postpone: How Newcomer Productivity is Reduced in English Wikipedia by Pre-publication Review" (PDF). Proceedings of The International Symposium on Open Collaboration. OpenSym '14 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 26:1–26:10. ISBN 978-1-4503-3016-9. doi:10.1145/2641580.2641614. 
  6. Halfaker, Aaron; Geiger, R. Stuart; Terveen, Loren G. (2014-01-01). "Snuggle: Designing for Efficient Socialization and Ideological Critique" (PDF). Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '14 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 311–320. ISBN 978-1-4503-2473-1. doi:10.1145/2556288.2557313. 
  7. Bryant, Susan L.; Forte, Andrea; Bruckman, Amy (2005-01-01). "Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of Participation in a Collaborative Online Encyclopedia" (PDF). Proceedings of the 2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work. GROUP '05 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 1–10. ISBN 1-59593-223-2. doi:10.1145/1099203.1099205. 
  8. Halfaker, Aaron; Geiger, R. Stuart; Morgan, Jonathan T.; Riedl, John (2012-12-28). "The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Wikipedia’s Reaction to Popularity Is Causing Its Decline" (PDF). American Behavioral Scientist 57 (5): 664–688. ISSN 0002-7642. doi:10.1177/0002764212469365. 
  9. Beschastnikh, Ivan; Kriplean, Travis; McDonald, David W (2008-04-01). Wikipedian Self-Governance in Action: Motivating the Policy Lens (PDF). International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2008).