I read the article ‘What Motivates Wikidians?’ by Odded Nov, pages 60-65 published in 2007 by ACM. The major point of this article is the topic itself, ‘What Motivated Wikipedians?’ The author sought to find out if the six general volunteer motivations were the reason wikipedians contribute to the site. The six motives were Values, Social, Understanding, Career, Protective and Enhancement. He also added two motives, fun and ideology, which have been used to study open source software development. Fun and ideology were the strongest motivations, based on the survey.
This article is highly relevant to New Media. Wikipedia is considered to be an element of media and the contributions of this article can help understand why New Media is growing and why collaboration is so strong.
The article is relevant to class, because we speak about the 5C’s with collaboration being one of them. Although we collaborate a lot on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites it could be because it’s in a laid back social setting but this article tries to find out what make people contribute useful information to an encyclopedia setting.
There is no direct proposal or recommendation but the author hopes that in future another survey can be done, to find out how the different motivations impact the different content outlets, by using his article as a guide.
This article was based off of survey results. One result that showed up was that ideology motivated people. The author didn’t think it made much sense because they would be spread over so many other things that they wouldn’t have the time to contribute much to Wikipedia. I believe that they would be studying their topics in other areas and use that information as a contribution to Wikipedia as well.