Toward Automatic Bootstrapping of Online Communities Using Decision-theoretic Optimization

@inproceedings{Huang2016TowardAB,
  title={Toward Automatic Bootstrapping of Online Communities Using Decision-theoretic Optimization},
  author={Shih-Wen Huang and Jonathan Bragg and Isaac Cowhey and Oren Etzioni and Daniel S. Weld},
  booktitle={CSCW},
  year={2016}
}
Successful online communities (e.g., Wikipedia, Yelp, and StackOverflow) can produce valuable content. However, many communities fail in their initial stages. Starting an online community is challenging because there is not enough content to attract a critical mass of active members. This paper examines methods for addressing this cold-start problem in datamining-bootstrappable communities by attracting non-members to contribute to the community. We make four contributions: 1) we characterize a… CONTINUE READING