“I WOULD NEVER JOIN A CLUB THAT WOULD HAVE ME AS A MEMBER.”<br />	- GROUCHO MARX<br />
WHO WRITES<br />WIKIPEDIA<br />?<br />
WHO ARE WIKIPEDIA <br />CONTRIBUTORS?<br />WHAT MOTIVATES THEM?<br />WHAT ARE THEIR <br />CHARACTERISTICS?<br />
310SCREENING SURVEYS<br />20SEMI-STRUCTURED QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWS<br />ITERATIVE THEMATIC<br />CODING ANALYSIS<br />
Motivation<br />
Give back, Make a difference, <br />LOVE, CARE<br />PASSION<br />
“There are some people who write about really local things that they’re passionate about. Like my neighbor. . . she was re...
PRO-SOCIAL<br />SELF-INTEREST<br />
$$$?<br />
“Do you think Wikipedia would be different if people got paid?”<br />“Oh yeah, I think there’d be a lot of bullshit in the...
HEART, SOULQUALITY, INTRINSIC<br />TRUSTWORHTY<br />PURITY<br />
WHO ARE CONTRIBUTORS?<br />
“Everyday Folks”<br />
“. . . just everyday people. . . we’ve got our geniuses, or lawyers, or scientists, or you, or journalists, or me. I’m jus...
“. . . for every little thing on the internet there’s somebody out there. There’s somebody sitting in Birmingham or Belize...
Wikipedia’s Intellectual Class<br />
EDUCATED<br />EXPERT, CREDENTIALED<br />RESEARCHERS, STUDENTS<br />SEASONED TRAVELERS<br />OLD<br />IN<br />TWEED<br />MEN...
The “Geek” Stereotype<br />
“I’m sure they’re locked up in a room. . . And Wikipedia is the ultimate thing for them. . . people in their room alone, p...
“. . . a bunch of nerds sitting around updating things every second. . . the nerdy technical guy sitting around in his mot...
DISCUSSION<br />
MY KIND OF PEOPLE?<br />
THEORY v.<br />PRACTICE<br />
IMPLICATIONS<br />
THANKS!<br />Acknowledgments<br />Coye Cheshire<br />	Elizabeth F. Churchill<br />	Jenna Burrell<br />	Anonymous Reviewers...
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    1. 1.
    2. 2. “I WOULD NEVER JOIN A CLUB THAT WOULD HAVE ME AS A MEMBER.”<br /> - GROUCHO MARX<br />
    3. 3. WHO WRITES<br />WIKIPEDIA<br />?<br />
    4. 4. WHO ARE WIKIPEDIA <br />CONTRIBUTORS?<br />WHAT MOTIVATES THEM?<br />WHAT ARE THEIR <br />CHARACTERISTICS?<br />
    5. 5. 310SCREENING SURVEYS<br />20SEMI-STRUCTURED QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWS<br />ITERATIVE THEMATIC<br />CODING ANALYSIS<br />
    6. 6. Motivation<br />
    7. 7. Give back, Make a difference, <br />LOVE, CARE<br />PASSION<br />
    8. 8. “There are some people who write about really local things that they’re passionate about. Like my neighbor. . . she was really into how Northern California tried to become its own state. . . She had really no forum to share this with the world. . . and then we told her about Wikipedia.”<br />- Maria (mid 20s, public health worker)<br />
    9. 9. PRO-SOCIAL<br />SELF-INTEREST<br />
    10. 10. $$$?<br />
    11. 11. “Do you think Wikipedia would be different if people got paid?”<br />“Oh yeah, I think there’d be a lot of bullshit in there. I think people would just throw a lot of stuff in there thinking, ‘I’m getting paid so it really doesn’t matter what I’m putting down!’ [The way it is now] I think people really put their heart and soul into it because they like doing it.”<br /> - Donald (60s, retired truck driver)<br />
    12. 12. HEART, SOULQUALITY, INTRINSIC<br />TRUSTWORHTY<br />PURITY<br />
    13. 13. WHO ARE CONTRIBUTORS?<br />
    14. 14. “Everyday Folks”<br />
    15. 15. “. . . just everyday people. . . we’ve got our geniuses, or lawyers, or scientists, or you, or journalists, or me. I’m just an old man who doesn’t know much but I know a little bit.”<br />- Donald (mid 60s, retired truck driver)<br />
    16. 16. “. . . for every little thing on the internet there’s somebody out there. There’s somebody sitting in Birmingham or Belize, wherever. . . [or fixing] punctuation is what they were born to give. And by God, I’m going to let them have it. Why do I need to eat off their plate? I’ve got a thing about rivers in Iowa.”<br />- Russell (40s, probation officer)<br />
    17. 17. Wikipedia’s Intellectual Class<br />
    18. 18. EDUCATED<br />EXPERT, CREDENTIALED<br />RESEARCHERS, STUDENTS<br />SEASONED TRAVELERS<br />OLD<br />IN<br />TWEED<br />MEN<br />JACKETS<br />
    19. 19. The “Geek” Stereotype<br />
    20. 20. “I’m sure they’re locked up in a room. . . And Wikipedia is the ultimate thing for them. . . people in their room alone, playing World of Warcraft and things like that.” <br /> – Lee (20, college student)<br />“Maybe they’re home-bound people, or people who have no life. . . ” <br /> – Roger (50s, rock photographer)<br />
    21. 21. “. . . a bunch of nerds sitting around updating things every second. . . the nerdy technical guy sitting around in his mother’s basement. . . ” <br /> – Neil (20s, office worker)<br />“There are people that live for [Wikipedia]. . . I imagine them sitting on a chair in their boxer shorts with a catheter and a feeding tube.” <br /> – Russell (40s, probation officer)<br />
    22. 22. DISCUSSION<br />
    23. 23. MY KIND OF PEOPLE?<br />
    24. 24. THEORY v.<br />PRACTICE<br />
    25. 25. IMPLICATIONS<br />
    26. 26. THANKS!<br />Acknowledgments<br />Coye Cheshire<br /> Elizabeth F. Churchill<br /> Jenna Burrell<br /> Anonymous Reviewers<br />This research was supported in part by a grant from the <br />Institute of Business and Economic Research (IBER) at UC Berkeley.<br />
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