Wikipedians are born, not made: a study of power editors on Wikipedia

@inproceedings{Panciera2009WikipediansAB,
  title={Wikipedians are born, not made: a study of power editors on Wikipedia},
  author={Katherine A. Panciera and Aaron Halfaker and Loren G. Terveen},
  booktitle={GROUP},
  year={2009}
}
Open content web sites depend on users to produce information of value. Wikipedia is the largest and most well-known such site. Previous work has shown that a small fraction of editors --Wikipedians -- do most of the work and produce most of the value. Other work has offered conjectures about how Wikipedians differ from other editors and how Wikipedians change over time. We quantify and test these conjectures. Our key findings include: Wikipedians' edits last longer; Wikipedians invoke… CONTINUE READING

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