On the "How" and "Why" of Emergent Role Behaviors in Wikipedia

  title={On the "How" and "Why" of Emergent Role Behaviors in Wikipedia},
  author={Ofer Arazy and Hila Lifshitz-Assaf and Oded Nov and Johannes Daxenberger and Martina Balestra and Coye Cheshire},
Research on peer-production suggests that as participants choose what actions to perform, prototypical activity patterns emerge. Recent work characterized these patterns and demonstrated that informal emergent roles are highly stable. Nonetheless, we know little about the ways in which contributors take on and shed emergent roles. The objectives of this study are to: (a) delineate the temporal dynamics of participants' emergent role taking behaviors, and (b) identify the motivations driving… CONTINUE READING
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