[a million penguins: change and order in a wiki novel]
guiding research questions:
- what was the role of the discussion around the wiki?
- what patterns of social behaviour occured among the contributors?
Bruce mentions in wiki lore there is the garden metaphor however Penguins isn't really about order/organisation.
In 5 weeks of the wiki-story:
1500 registered users
over 11000 edits
280000 page views (!!! good marketing!)
since it was closed down (no more edits/additions allowed) there have been a further half a million page views.
Different types of users:
- the performer made 1780 edits in 4 weeks (he didn't register in the first week)
- focused on adding content and linking together - bringing himself to the front
- edits frequently viewed pages (so others can always see him)
- the vandal was about destruction through changing text - a type of performer who also foregrounds him (or her) self
- the edits were all about her/him
- 166 edits so one of the least frequent however the most frequently talked about and instigated the most contributions and began patterns of behaviour (inspired similar kinds of vandalisation)
- the gardener focuses on organizing
- made 1144 edits, the 2nd most frequent
- made person-to-person edits (more private)
650 pages with significant content
366 don't contain any links 9dead ends)
150 pages don't have any incoming links (orphans)
Thus - a lack of "wikification" because pages are not linked, walled gardens which only link to themselves (like a high-school clique?)
Bruce suggests that the kind of negative behaviour (vandalism etc...) might be explained if we think of the wiki as a Bakhtinian "carnival":
"gay, triumphant, and at the same time mocking, deriding. It asserts and denies,it buries and revives"
there is a kind of social sanctioning for bad behaviour and two normes are reversed:
the reversal of normal rules of wiring/publishing
see the wikipedia entry