Research:Codex/Contributor life cycle

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Research questions[edit]

  • 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 contributors[edit]

Encouraging virtuous patterns[edit]

Discouraging vicious patterns[edit]

Current research[edit]

Open questions[edit]

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

Sources to add[edit]

[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).