The Network Structure of Successful Collaboration in Wikipedia Lerner, Juergen Lomi, Alessandro 2019-01-03T00:06:21Z 2019-01-03T00:06:21Z 2019-01-08
dc.description.abstract Wikipedia is one of the largest and most successful examples of decentralized peer-production systems currently in existence. Yet, the quality of Wikipedia articles varies widely with articles considered of encyclopedic quality (called featured articles) representing less than 0.1 percent of all articles. In this paper, we examine how article quality varies as a function of the network mechanisms that control the interaction among contributors. More specifically, we compare the network mechanisms underlying the production of the complete set of featured articles, with the network mechanisms of a contrasting sample of comparable non-featured articles in the English-language edition of Wikipedia. Estimates of relational event models suggest that contributors to featured articles display greater deference toward the reputation of their team members. Contributors to featured articles also display a weaker tendency to follow the behavioral norms predicted by the theory of structural balance, and hence a weaker tendency toward polarization.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2019.316
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-2-6
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subject Network Analysis of Digital and Social Media
dc.subject Digital and Social Media
dc.subject relational event models, signed social networks, structural balance theory, team performance, Wikipedia
dc.title The Network Structure of Successful Collaboration in Wikipedia
dc.type Conference Paper
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