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A Farm in Every Window: A Study into the Incentives for Participation in the Windowfarm Virtual Community

DiFranzo, Dominic and Graves, Alvaro (2011) A Farm in Every Window: A Study into the Incentives for Participation in the Windowfarm Virtual Community. pp. 1-8. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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Virtual communities have great potential in connecting people from different backgrounds and locations and giving them a common space to share, explore, and solve problems. A key factor into whether a virtual community will be successful is user participation. Insight into why users of virtual communities participate, and how to increase this participation is still poorly understood. There is no unifying model or consensus on incentives or incentivization in virtual communities and this makes studying them very difficult. In this paper we describe our study into the incentive structures for members of the Windowfarm virtual community and look into what ways the community could be improved. We explore user incentives using methodology and models from different disciplines and fields, trying to find which of these best explains the behaviors and interactions in the Windowfarm community. We present this as a case study so that other research groups and community leaders can look into and better understand incentives in virtual communities based on the recent work done in this space.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS5 Psychology > WS53 Human Information Processing
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:442
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:52
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:12

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