Thursday, August 02, 2018

Wikimania 2012: Almost Wikipedia: Mechanisms of Collective Action (English)

Benjamin Mako Hill: "Almost Wikipedia: What Eight Collaborative Encyclopedia Projects Reveal About Mechanisms of Collective Action"

See also Wikipedia Academy - "When Peer Production Succeeds", Keynote by Benjamin Mako Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlvxtqxFwiQ

One project have 3 competitng technological implementations, 200 different people and only test content. They had community of people building the stuff to build the enyclopedia, but they never built the encyclopeida...

GNU is not Unix, right? GNU it'a bit like Unix. In fact, it is exactly like Unix...

Look at big successful free and open-source software projects, they tend to be based on ideas that people are pretty familiar with and as a result people can comment, can participate in these projects and contribute, because they know what is is that they're trying to produce...

...It is based on this idea, on this model, that if we publish things openly the community will come in and improve them and as a result we will have higher quality. The reason we think that we encourage people to put in on a wiki is because the idea is that if we put it on a wiki or we sort of publish our code out there in like a free or open-source software project that people will come in and they we'll start fixing our bugs and through that process we'll end up with really cool good high quality stuff. And what I've notice that very often this process where you sort of attract the community tends to be a pretty tricky one...

What do people think the average median number of contributor are to free or open source software project? The answer is 1. This is list of all SourceForge projects. And this is unfair in some sense, because this is just even ideas for projects. What do people think the average median numbers if we look at mature projects or even the top 10% of projects which have been downloaded hundreds of times? The average median than? The average median is 1.

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