Social Rewarding in Wiki Systems - Motivating the Community

Bernhard Hoisl, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingContribution to conference proceedings


Online communities have something in common: their success rise and fall with the participation rate of active users. In this paper we focus on social rewarding mechanisms that generate benefits for users in order to achieve a higher contribution rate in a wiki system. In an online community, social rewarding is in the majority of cases based on accentuation of the most active members. As money cannot be used as a motivating factor others like status, power, acceptance, and glory have to be employed. We explain different social rewarding mechanisms which aim to meet these needs of users. Furthermore, we implemented a number of methods within the MediaWiki system, where social rewarding criteria are satisfied by generating a ranking of most active members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Online Communities and Social Computing (OCSC)
Editors D. Schuler
Place of PublicationBerlin
Pages362 - 371
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-73256-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102022 Software development
  • 102027 Web engineering
  • 102

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