Social Rewarding in Wiki Systems - Motivating the Community

Bernhard Hoisl, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch

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Abstract

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
PublisherSpringer
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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