Social Rewarding in Wiki Systems - Motivating the Community

Title{Social Rewarding in Wiki Systems - Motivating the Community}
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHoisl, B., W. Aigner, and S. Miksch
Conference NameProceedings of HCI International - 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2007)
ISBN Number978-3-540-73256-3
KeywordsContribution, Motivation, Online Communities, Participation, Social Rewarding, Wiki

Online communities have something in common: their success rise and fall with the participation rate of active users. In this paper we focus on social rewarding mechanisms that generate benefits for users in order to achieve a higher contribution rate in a wiki system. In an online community, social rewarding is in the majority of cases based on accentuation of the most active members. As money cannot be used as a motivating factor others like status, power, acceptance, and glory have to be employed. We explain different social rewarding mechanisms which aim to meet these needs of users. Furthermore, we implemented a number of methods within the MediaWiki system, where social rewarding criteria are satisfied by generating a ranking of most active members.