Why Do You Contribute to Wikipedia?

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Why Do You Contribute to Wikipedia?

Audrey Abeyta
Dear Wikipedia contributors, 

Your valuable opinions are needed regarding users' motivations to contribute to Wikipedia. This topic is currently investigated by Audrey Abeyta, an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. You can read a more detailed description of the project here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Motivations_to_Contribute_to_Wikipedia

Those willing to participate in this study will complete a brief online questionnaire, which is completely anonymous and will take approximately ten minutes. The questionnaire can be accessed here: https://us1.us.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8ixU9RkozemzC4s.

The researcher hopes to attain a sample size of at least 100 Wikipedians; as of now, only 52 have responded. Your contributions to this project's validity are invaluable!

A final draft of the paper will be made available to the Wikipedia community.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact Audrey Abeyta at [hidden email]

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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Re: Why Do You Contribute to Wikipedia?

metasj
Hello,

The research committee may have thought about this in the past; I'm
asking here because I'm not sure:

Is there some treatment online of how to reply to these sorts of polls
and surveys, to help groups of researchers working over similar
timeframes to consolidate their efforts?  Collaborating in the
structure and framing and proposed analysis, if not in the actual
running of a survey and gathering of data, just as we collaborate on
articles in a shared namespace?  That would both produce better
results and turn what could be a "researcher-user" relationship into a
more general long-term collaboration devoted to understanding the
nature of what we all do.

The process of having different research groups and perspectives
discuss their approach, could both clear up some common
misunderstandings or half-familiarities, and encourage development of
meta-research topics on wiki pages.  So that  we would aggregate and
improve information by different researchers.  Things like "the
conduction of wiki surveys" and "developing meaningful inter-survey
correlations" and "the publishing of raw data sets and error
calculations" could be turned into wiki-monographs that would enhance
the field.

This would also provide a constructive outlet for both success stories
and frustration stories of researchers -- who often leave without
sharing those final thoughts.

SJ



On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM, Audrey Abeyta <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Dear Wikipedia contributors,
>
> Your valuable opinions are needed regarding users' motivations to contribute
> to Wikipedia. This topic is currently investigated by Audrey Abeyta, an
> undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. You
> can read a more detailed description of the project
> here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Motivations_to_Contribute_to_Wikipedia
>
> Those willing to participate in this study will complete a brief online
> questionnaire, which is completely anonymous and will take approximately ten
> minutes. The questionnaire can be accessed
> here: https://us1.us.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8ixU9RkozemzC4s.
>
> The researcher hopes to attain a sample size of at least 100 Wikipedians; as
> of now, only 52 have responded. Your contributions to this project's
> validity are invaluable!
>
> A final draft of the paper will be made available to the Wikipedia
> community.
>
> If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact
> Audrey Abeyta at [hidden email].
>
> Thank you in advance for your participation!
>
> _______________________________________________
> Wiki-research-l mailing list
> [hidden email]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l
>



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