Motivational determinants of participation trajectories in Wikipedia

Martina Balestra, Ofer Arazy, Coye Cheshire, Oded Nov

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    Abstract

    Many digitally mediated peer-production systems allow participants to define their own activities. The challenge in such systems, however, lies in retaining members beyond the first few interactions. To address this problem we must understand who these users are and why they begin to contribute. Importantly, there is scant empirical evidence on how motivations are associated with different trajectories of participation for new participants. Our study addresses this gap by combining a survey of new Wikipedia editors' motivations with an exploratory analysis of the editors' activity logs. Using clustering techniques to identify prototypical activity profiles from log data, we observe what motivations are associated with which prototypical activities. We find that new editors' motivations are predictive of their future activity. In particular our results indicate that reputation, social, enjoyment, and obligation motives differ among editor activity clusters.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016
    PublisherAAAI press
    Pages535-538
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781577357582
    StatePublished - 2016
    Event10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016 - Cologne, Germany
    Duration: May 17 2016May 20 2016

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016

    Other

    Other10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016
    CountryGermany
    CityCologne
    Period5/17/165/20/16

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications

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