By Dariusz Jemielniak

ISBN-10: 0804789444

ISBN-13: 9780804789448

ISBN-10: 0804791201

ISBN-13: 9780804791205

With an emphasis on peer–produced content material and collaboration, Wikipedia exemplifies a departure from conventional administration and organizational types. This iconic "project" has been variously characterised as a hive brain and a data revolution, attracting hundreds of thousands of recent clients while it's been denigrated as anarchic and suffering from incorrect information. Have Wikipedia's constitution and internal workings promoted its magnificent development and enduring public relevance?

In Common Knowledge?, Dariusz Jemielniak attracts on his educational services and years of lively participation in the Wikipedia neighborhood to take readers contained in the website, illuminating the way it features and deconstructing its certain 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 completely on the mercy of the general public: as an alternative, it balances open entry and gear with a different paperwork that takes a web page from conventional organizational types. alongside the best way, Jemielniak comprises interesting instances that spotlight the tug of struggle one of the contributors as they forge forward during this pioneering environment.

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While people programming in open-source environments often enjoy some recognition from their colleagues or can put their experience on a résumé, this is almost never the case for Wikipedia editors or functionaries. On Wikipedia, unlike in open-source-software projects but similar to online games such as World of Warcraft or Tibia, recognition and career advancement are gained mainly within and for the community and not for the outside world. However, there are still many similarities with open-source ventures (Shirky, 2005).

The rules of civilized discourse reflect those used in academia: discussion is based solely on the strength of the argument rather than eristic tricks or participant status. In any case, blocking users is meant to be preventive rather than punitive and to ensure that, in the future, norms are respected. A word enormously respected on Wikipedia is “consensus” (CON). The norm of consensus requires all editors to seek a solution acceptable to the community. It does not necessarily mean unanimity, but it emphasizes striving for hypothetical unity.

I wanted to correct it, but one of the administrators insisted that the Polish parliamentary acts, in which only male nouns were used, should be considered authoritative. I argued that such acts are always written with just one form for ease of reading. However, my argument was moot without valid published sources using female forms of the positions, and I was not able to find any. Thus, I decided to create a source: through my publisher I contacted a well-known professor of linguistics and asked him to write an opinion in an online language 2 2 W i k i p e d i a i n S h o r t advisory portal he ran, under the publisher’s auspices.

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