User:Guillaume (WMF)/Dynamics of Wikimedia systems

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Context[edit]

Historical background:

More recently:

Problem articulation[edit]

Purpose[edit]

  • 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 variables[edit]

Time horizon[edit]

  • 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 modes[edit]

Dynamic hypothesis[edit]

Current theories[edit]

Hypothesis[edit]

Boundaries[edit]

Subsystems[edit]

  • 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 contributors[edit]

Life cycle of contributors: Problem articulation[edit]

  • Purpose
  • Key variables
  • Time horizon
  • Reference modes

Life cycle of contributors: Dynamic hypothesis[edit]

  • Current theories
  • Hypothesis
  • Boundaries

Life cycle of contributors: Model[edit]

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Subsystem: Life cycle of articles[edit]

Life cycle of articles: Problem articulation[edit]

  • Purpose
  • Key variables
  • Time horizon
  • Reference modes

Life cycle of articles: Dynamic hypothesis[edit]

  • Current theories
  • Hypothesis
  • Boundaries

Life cycle of articles: Model[edit]

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Subsystem: Unproductive contributions[edit]

Unproductive contributions: Problem articulation[edit]

  • Purpose
  • Key variables
  • Time horizon
  • Reference modes

Unproductive contributions: Dynamic hypothesis[edit]

  • Current theories
  • Hypothesis
  • Boundaries

Unproductive contributions: Model[edit]

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Integrated model[edit]

  • Causal loop diagram
  • Stock and flow map

Staging area[edit]

Very early draft

References[edit]