Halfaker, A., Geiger, S., Jonathan, M., & Riedl, J. (2012). The rise and decline of an open collaboration system: How Wikipedia’s reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline. American Behavioral Scientist.
The article about iron man has more than 10 thousand words, has lots of useful informations and well-structured.
50% of ~5,000 psychology articles not evaluated 83% of ~2,500 evaluated articles were rated “C” or below
Wikipedia AssignmentWrite a new Wikipedia article or substantially improve an existing one on a topic relevant to the course
Goals of Wikipedia assignment• Become an “expert” in some topic relevant to the course• Provide common ground for class – Getting involved in a online community new to most – Example of problems & solutions in contribution, regulation, socialization, organization & start-up• Provide a public good – Return some of what you’ve learned back to the world by improving Wikipedia
History• Founded in Jan 15, 2001 as a feeder to Nupedia, an expert-authored, peer- reviewed, free encyclopedia• Co-founders – Jimmy Wales – Larry Sanger Jimmy Wales• Heavily subsidized by bomis.com (1996), Wales’ search portal, ad and porn company Larry Sanger
Growth• English version – ~4M articles in English language Wikipedia – 151,934 unique editors – Average 435 words/article (vs. 650 in Britannica) – Doubling number of & editors articles every 40 weeks – Slower growth starting in 2007• All versions Article growth per month – 250 languages – 11 language versions > 100K articles – 282,875 unique editors• Spin-offs – Wiktionary, wikibooks, wikiversity, wikinews, wikispecies, wikiquote, wikisource
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Major source of information on most psychologicalconcepts
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Assignment• Substantially improve a Wikipedia article relevant to the course or write a new one, if one doesn’t exist. – Goal is “Good Article” status
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Undergrads can do amazing workGreta Munger, Davidson College, an honor seminar course Greta Munger, Davidson College, an honor seminar course