2019:Research/Hidden Gems in the Wikipedia Discussions: The Wikipedians Rationales

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Abstract[edit | edit source]

This paper presents a series of completed and ongoing studies that are aimed at understanding the role of the Wikipedians’ rationales in the Wikipedia discussions. We define a rationale as one’s justification of her viewpoint and suggestion. Our studies demonstrate the potential of leveraging the Wikipedians’ rationales in the discussions as resources for future decision-making and as resources for eliciting knowledge about the community’s norms, practices and policies. Viewed as the rich digital traces in these environments, we consider them to be beneficial for the community members, such as helping newcomers familiarize themselves on the commonly accepted justificatory reasoning styles. We call for more research attention to the discussion content from this rationale study perspective. An earlier version of this short paper was accepted by 2016 Wiki workshop, but the author was not able to attend the workshop. Compared to that version, there are several additional projects completed.

Authors[edit | edit source]

Lu Xiao (Syracuse University)

Relevance to Wikimedia Community[edit | edit source]

This presentation gives a summary of several completed projects about Wikipedia's Article for Deletion (AfD) discussions. It offers a new perspective on the study of open production communities like Wikipedia

Session type[edit | edit source]

22-min presentation.

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