Social Interactions vs Revisions, What is Important for Promotion in Wikipedia?

18 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2015

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Romain Picot-Clémente

Labsticc, Télécom Bretagne

Cécile Bothorel

Labsticc, Télécom Bretagne

Nicolas Jullien

IMT Atlantique; M@rsouin (Môle Amoricain de Recherche sur la Société de l'information et les Usages d'Internet)

Date Written: January 7, 2015

Abstract

In epistemic community, people are said to be selected on their knowledge contribution to the project (articles, codes, etc.) However, the socialization process is an important factor for inclusion, sustainability as a contributor, and promotion. Finally, what does matter to be promoted? being a good contributor? being a good animator? knowing the boss? We explore this question looking at the process of election for administrator in the English Wikipedia community.

We modeled the candidates according to their revisions and/or social attributes. These attributes are used to construct a predictive model of promotion success, based on the candidate’s past behavior, computed thanks to a random forest algorithm.

Our model combining knowledge contribution variables and social networking variables successfully explain 78% of the results which is better than the former models. It also helps to refine the criterion for election. If the number of knowledge contributions is the most important element, social interactions come close second to explain the election. But being connected with the future peers (the admins) can make the difference between success and failure, making this epistemic community a very social community too.

Keywords: Epistemic community, Wikipedia, promotion, random forest

JEL Classification: L17, L86, H41

Suggested Citation

Picot-Clémente, Romain and Bothorel, Cécile and Jullien, Nicolas, Social Interactions vs Revisions, What is Important for Promotion in Wikipedia? (January 7, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2546234

Romain Picot-Clémente

Labsticc, Télécom Bretagne ( email )

46, rue Barrault
Paris, 75013
France

Cécile Bothorel

Labsticc, Télécom Bretagne ( email )

46, rue Barrault
Paris, 75013
France

Nicolas Jullien (Contact Author)

IMT Atlantique ( email )

Technopole de Brest Iroise
Brest, 29238
France

M@rsouin (Môle Amoricain de Recherche sur la Société de l'information et les Usages d'Internet) ( email )

France

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