Well, for me, simply, I just found it addictive to write and do stuff. The
addiction wore off over time though.
I hope your organization will fly off.
On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 9:00 AM, phoebe ayers <phoebe.wiki(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 2:29 PM, Mehrotra, Niki (US -
I am new to Wikipedia and am involved in an organization that wishes to
incorporate wiki-style features into an existing internal collaboration
tool. I have looked into Wikipedia's structure and understand that all
processes related to quality control are completely self-driven on the
part of its contributors. What do you think motivates the average user
to contribute as much as he or she does? What incentive do the
individuals have to devote much of their time to monitor pages? One of
our challenges will be getting our organization's members to use the
wiki once we roll it out. Thank you for your time and help.
As everyone else has said, there's a big difference between Wikipedia
and corporate wikis, both in how they work and often in contributor
There's a book about how to start a wiki from scratch on Wikibooks: 
Other resources include "Wikipatterns," which is both a book and the
website that Ben linked to, and the book "Wikis for dummies" (which I
can't vouch for one way or another, but it does go into how to start
your own wiki, including using software other than MediaWiki).
The site wikimatrix (www.wikimatrix.org
) has a nice overview of the
different wiki software options available as well, and their
If you are interested in learning more about the motivations of
Wikipedia contributors specifically, many academics have written about
this topic (
But the answers are as varied as the viewpoints of contributors
 something the rest of us should contribute to! It's good but
short, and could be substantially improved.
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