[Foundation-l] "antisocial production"

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Sun Jun 28 00:14:06 UTC 2009

>>> '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
>>> it<http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16349-psychologist-finds-wikipedians
>>> -grumpy-and-closedminded.html>,
>>> Wikipedians are generally "grumpy," "disagreeable," and "closed to new
>>> ideas."'
>>> http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2009/06/the_sour_wikipe.php
>>> I wonder how the mailing list will react....
> on 6/27/09 6:07 PM, Fred Bauder at fredbaud at fairpoint.net wrote:
>> Always knew this, Wikipedia is generally an outlet for folks who have
>> low
>> interpersonal social skills, or at least insufficient outlets for self
>> expression. As to "Disagreeable and closed to new ideas", that is
>> policy,
>> Wikipedia is a compendium of established knowledge, not a place for new
>> ideas, which we call original research.
> C'mon, Fred; it is "policy" to be "disagreeable"? And as for "closed to
> new
> ideas"; that may be appropriate to the body of the encyclopedia itself,
> but
> it applies very much in the various Mailing Lists & Talk Pages. Take a
> good
> look.
> Marc Riddell

OK, an error, it is not policy to be disagreeable, policy is to be civil,
and on the mailing lists and irc too, but I'll stand by the observation
that Wikipedia is a dull place, "Just the facts, Ma'am", and intended to


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