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Common Knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia

Dariusz Jemielniak


This book describes the results of a six-year ethnographic research project on Wikipedia. It explains how Wikipedia's theoretically ahierarchical system may increase Wikipedians’ perception of inequality in practice and how hierarchy is enacted through community elections. Although Wikipedia is sometimes portrayed as collaborative and peaceful, it often breaks into conflicts and disputes. The book describes how the gradual increase in editing participation determines its attractiveness, addictiveness, and, ultimately, its level of conflict. The seemingly chaotic organization of cooperation on ... More

Keywords: Wikipedia, open collaboration, online communities, Wikipedia hierarchy, trust online, virtual bureaucracy, forking, ahierarchical organization, Internet tribes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804789448
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dariusz Jemielniak, author