Power of the Few vs . Wisdom of the Crowd : Wikipedia and the Rise of the Bourgeoisie

  title={Power of the Few vs . Wisdom of the Crowd : Wikipedia and the Rise of the Bourgeoisie},
  author={Aniket Kittur and Ed Chi and Bryan A. Pendleton and Bongwon Suh},
Wikipedia has been a resounding success story as a collaborative system with a low cost of online participation. However, it is an open question whether the success of Wikipedia results from a “wisdom of crowds” type of effect in which a large number of people each make a small number of edits, or whether it is driven by a core group of “elite” users who do the lion’s share of the work. In this study we examined how the influence of “elite” vs. “common” users changed over time in Wikipedia. The… CONTINUE READING
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