Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Final Proposal (Stephanie)

I am interested in online communities and the different approaches they take to prevent rotten information from being added to their systems. I would like to examine an online community/social software site and the mechanisms they employ to regulate the information on their systems. Some communities use only technical measures to prevent and filter rotten information, while others rely almost completely on community filtering. There are several that have created a mix of technical and community remedies to create hybrid filtering systems. I would like to examine one of the following communities, and compare it to similar systems.

• Slashdot (
• Wikipedia (
• Flickr (
• Friendster (

The overview would include a description and analysis. I am interested in analyzing the general cost and effectiveness, distribution of responsibility/authority to filter within the site members, and how the values of the community/users are reflected in the system.

Update (Nov 16th)
I've decided to focus on public news bulletin boards like Slashdot. I've posted my outline here:


Blogger Helen Kim said...

This topic reminds me of some of the papers we read on online communities last year for IS203, particularly dealing with UseNet:

Not sure if it'll be of interest to you, but some of those papers deal with the different methods that Usenet community members used to deal with deception online, which may be analogous to some of the methods used in Wikipedia, etc...?

Look for the "Identity and Deception Online" and the "Virtual Organization" (particularly the "Managing the Virtual Commons" piece) topics.

11:00 PM  
Blogger sc said...

Thanks, I'll add this to my literature search.

8:55 AM  

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