Wikipedia’S Labor Squeeze and Its Consequences

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Wikipedia’S Labor Squeeze and Its Consequences
Eric Goldman
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Wikipedia’S Labor Squeeze and Its Consequences - scientific work related to Wikipedia quality published in 2009, written by Eric Goldman.


This Essay explains why Wikipedia will not be able to maintain a credible website while simultaneously letting anyone freely edit it. To date, Wikipedia editors have successfully defended against malicious attacks from spammers and vandals, but as editors turn over, Wikipedia will need to recruit replacements. However, Wikipedia will have difficulty with this recruiting task due to its limited incentives for participation. Faced with a potential labor squeeze, Wikipedia will choose to restrict users’ ability to contribute to the site as a way of preserving site credibility. Wikipedia’s specific configuration choices make it an interesting test case to evaluate the tension between free editability and site credibility, and this Essay touches on how this tension affects user-generated content (UGC) generally.


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