User:Guillaume (WMF)/Dynamics of Wikimedia systems

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ContextEdit

Historical background:

More recently:

Problem articulationEdit

PurposeEdit

  • Until now, focus mostly on unidirectional "pipelines" and "life cycles"
  • Until now, focus mostly on the English Wikipedia
  • Take a step back to get a more global view
  • Reframe issues in terms of interdependent systems with feedback loops
  • Looking at the system avoids blaming the agents, whose actions are mostly guided by the structure of the system.
  • Building conceptual maps (or models) collaboratively contributes to changing mental models, and therefore behaviors.

Key variablesEdit

Time horizonEdit

  • backward boundary: start of WIkipedia (2001) or Nupedia (1999)
  • forward boundary: ~2050, i.e. roughly 3 times the time elapsed since the creation of Wikipedia

Reference modesEdit

Dynamic hypothesisEdit

Current theoriesEdit

HypothesisEdit

BoundariesEdit

SubsystemsEdit

  • life cycle of contributors
  • life cycle of articles
  • unproductive contributions

Other possible subsystems:

  • social norms
  • coordination and life cycle of groups

Subsystem: Life cycle of contributorsEdit

Life cycle of contributors: Problem articulationEdit

  • Purpose
  • Key variables
  • Time horizon
  • Reference modes

Life cycle of contributors: Dynamic hypothesisEdit

  • Current theories
  • Hypothesis
  • Boundaries

Life cycle of contributors: ModelEdit

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Subsystem: Life cycle of articlesEdit

Life cycle of articles: Problem articulationEdit

  • Purpose
  • Key variables
  • Time horizon
  • Reference modes

Life cycle of articles: Dynamic hypothesisEdit

  • Current theories
  • Hypothesis
  • Boundaries

Life cycle of articles: ModelEdit

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Subsystem: Unproductive contributionsEdit

Unproductive contributions: Problem articulationEdit

  • Purpose
  • Key variables
  • Time horizon
  • Reference modes

Unproductive contributions: Dynamic hypothesisEdit

  • Current theories
  • Hypothesis
  • Boundaries

Unproductive contributions: ModelEdit

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Integrated modelEdit

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Staging areaEdit

 
Very early draft

ReferencesEdit