Previous analysis of the wiki-thanks feature includes:
- https://arxiv.org/pdf/1502.04312.pdf (Nemoto, Okada 15)
Literature suggests that positive external motivation (rewards, sense of community) can lead to an increase in contribution. A few articles:
- “The collective effort model posits that people will socially loaf less and contribute more to a group the more they like it” (Ling et al. 06).
- “Feelings of belonging to a site are important for both anonymous and registered users across different types of uses... Social and cognitive factors seem to be more important than issues of usability in predicting contribution to the site" (Lampe et al. 10).
- "The model posits that external incentives do, in fact, affect a contributor’s internal incentives and goal setting... performance feedback and social recognition are often the most economical choices for OC [online community] reinforcement" (Tedjamulia et al. 05).
To see in progress work: http://paws-public.wmflabs.org/paws-public/User:Swagoel/ThanksAnalysis/