The Effect of 'Following' on Contributions to Open Source Communities

Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems, Fort Worth, 2015

10 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2015

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Mahdi Moqri

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Liangfei Qiu

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Ira Horowitz

University of Florida

Date Written: October 22, 2015

Abstract

Online communities have been growing rapidly in the last two decades and at the same time becoming more diverse. Millions of internet users actively contribute to various types of online communities ranging from user generated contents and social media to collaborative content communities, on a daily bases. Although numerous studies have examined members’ motivation to contribute to such communities, the positive effect of social factors has not been unanimously confirmed in different settings. In this study, we estimate the effect of “online following,” a basic form of online social interaction, on members’ contributions in open source software (OSS) communities. This estimation is based on analysis of a large-scale dataset of 4 million online members and their interactions over 7 years, collected from the largest OSS community. The results have implications for online community designers and OSS scholars.

Keywords: Open Source Software, Open Source Communities, Online Communities, Social Interaction, Online Following

Suggested Citation

Moqri, Mahdi and Qiu, Liangfei and Bandyopadhyay, Subhajyoti and Horowitz, Ira, The Effect of 'Following' on Contributions to Open Source Communities (October 22, 2015). Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems, Fort Worth, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2678478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2678478

Mahdi Moqri (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Liangfei Qiu

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/qiuliangfei/

Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Ira Horowitz

University of Florida ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

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