By Dariusz Jemielniak
In Common Knowledge?, Dariusz Jemielniak attracts on his educational services and years of energetic participation in the Wikipedia neighborhood to take readers contained in the website, illuminating the way it features and deconstructing its designated association. opposed to a backdrop of misconceptions approximately its governance, authenticity, and accessibility, Jemielniak supplies the 1st ethnography of Wikipedia, revealing that it's not fullyyt on the mercy of the general public: as an alternative, it balances open entry and tool with a distinct paperwork that takes a web page from conventional organizational varieties. alongside the way in which, Jemielniak accommodates interesting circumstances that spotlight the tug of conflict one of the individuals as they forge forward during this pioneering environment.
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Participation in policy creation and community life is also valued (Burke & Kraut, 2008). Typically, the required minimum number of total edits varies from project to project, but it is used mainly as a justification to vote against a candidate whose edit count is regarded as too low. Candidates are also expected to participate in community discussions, assist newcomers, monitor recent changes, and report vandalism. 4 Unlike bureaucrats, the number of administrators is not limited by little work, because administrators deal also with many simple tasks every day, such as page deletions and protections.
71) of Wikipedia, but in my view such judgments are related to these authors’ lack of actual Wikipedia editing experience. The Wikipedia community has many egalitarian features, but it also has established stratification and very real power play. After all, “to strive for a ‘structureless’ group is as useful and as deceptive, as to aim at an ‘objective’ news story, ‘value-free’ social science or a ‘free’ economy” (Freeman, 1972, p. 152), since structures and hierarchies naturally emerge in all communities, irrespective of their formal governance.
Others take part in debates on the notability of individual articles. Although there are notability guidelines for many topics, there are always borderline cases that require more consideration and weighing of the arguments for keeping, deleting, merging, or improving the article. Deciding which articles should be featured on the main page, which is updated daily, relies on some of the community, many members regularly participating. 13 Similarly, bestowing good-article status is a matter of communal debate, and some users specialize in it.