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Common Knowledge?An Ethnography of Wikipedia$
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Dariusz Jemielniak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789448

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789448.001.0001

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Wikipedia in Short

Wikipedia in Short

Numbers, Rules, and Editors

1 Wikipedia in Short
Common Knowledge?

Dariusz Jemielniak

Stanford University Press

This chapter gives a short introduction to Wikipedia and the Wikipedia community. After describing the origins and growth of Wikipedia, and providing facts and figures, it examines some of the important rules and behavioral norms used on Wikipedia that determine its social organization. It concludes with a discussion of the informal representation of self among Wikipedians and how they convey those representations to the community through their user pages and actions.

Keywords:   growth of Wikipedia, Wikipedian statistics, representation of self in online communities, norms and rules of Wikipedia

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