[Foundation-l] "antisocial production"
pn007a2145 at blueyonder.co.uk
Sat Jun 27 22:16:52 UTC 2009
Eddie Tejeda wrote:
>> 'Forget altruism. Misanthropy and egotism are the fuel of online
>> social production. That's the conclusion suggested by a new study of
>> the character traits of the contributors to Wikipedia. A team of
>> Israeli research psychologists gave personality tests to 69
>> Wikipedians and 70 non-Wikipedians. They discovered that, as New
>> Scientist puts
>> Wikipedians are generally "grumpy," "disagreeable," and "closed to
>> new ideas."'
>> I wonder how the mailing list will react....
1. Small sample, making statistical significance difficult to assess
2. Selected sample, meaning likewise - did the Wikipedians contribute to
en:wiki or other wikis?
2a. Sample selection for non-Wikipedia editors? How and from where?
3. If the questionnaire isn't published, it's incapable of independent
analysis for bias in the questions asked
4. Peer-reviewed research by whom?
and that's just for starters. I look forward to seeing the whole lot,
because I, for one, disbelieve such wide conclusions.
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