What motivates Wikipedians?

  title={What motivates Wikipedians?},
  author={Oded Nov},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  • O. Nov
  • Published 1 November 2007
  • Psychology
  • Commun. ACM
In order to increase and enhance user-generated content contributions, it is important to understand the factors that lead people to freely share their time and knowledge with others. 
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