Effect of Editors’ Commitment on Open Collaboration Contents: Promotion of Wikipedia Featured Articles

Naveed Khan, Jong Woo Kim, Hong Joo Lee


Wikipedia is one of the world’s most visited sites for content collaboration. Its success is due to thousands of volunteers’ motivation and commitment to contribute their knowledge to Wikipedia. In this paper, we use the Cox regression model to assess the effect of self-loop editing on the promotion of Wikipedia featured articles. We collected 2978 Wikipedia featured article editing history from start of Wikipedia until 2011. We use self-loops as a proxy measure for Wikipedia editors’ commitment, and find that self-loop editing has a positive effect on the promotion of featured articles. We further distinguish the self-loop into a short-term self-loop and a long-term self-loop. We find that long-term self-loop editing is more helpful than short-term self-loop editing. This research has been conducted with both theoretical and practical application methods.

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