1. Dunc-Tank and Money

    Like Biellla, I have been following from afar the controversy [1,2] associated with the dunc-tank project: a way for a few Debian developers to accept donations. The moderate amount of money (appreciated nonetheless I’m sure) caused an extraordinary ruckus among other volunteers, leading to protest and resignations.

    How …

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  2. Broken lists

    I’m presently cursing whoever changed the configuration/names of Wikipedia lists. Identifying emails in archives is sadly a difficult problem, it really need not be, but fortunately the good folks at the aimsgroup MARC also archive the lists and associate the unique identifier of every message with a persistent …

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  3. Gendered Spaces

    The announcement of a “WikiChix” list for female only discussion has prompted a huge thread on WikiEN-l. As previously seen in discussion about an administrator only IRC channel or email list, proposals for separate spaces are particular troubling to communities with liberal egalitarian ideals. Formally excluding anyone from the larger …

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  4. A note on bibliography

    I’m sharing this note from the beginning of my dissertation so others working with online resources might comment.

    The type and number of bibliographic sources of this work merit a couple comments.

    First, most of the primary sources are online, and have only been online. Quotations from e-mail and …

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  5. Wikis as Communities of Practice

    When I’ve spoken about the advantages of Wikis in the past, I pointed out the benefit of having organizational/cultural knowledge documentation be very “close” with actual practice. Programmers are familiar with this issue in the form of their code being synchronized (or more likely not) with its documentation …

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  6. Outsider Contributions

    When I make a substantive contribution to Wikipedia, I tend to edit “off-line” until I’m satisfied with the text, and then post it in a single chunk. While I am only a WikiGnome in any case, the typical Wikipedia metric of “edit counts” would underestimate the contribution made by …

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  7. Civility and Truth

    Doug Morris, recommended Shapin’s (1994) A Social History of Truth which I found very interesting in light of my interest with politeness. Shapin makes an ethno-historical argument that “knowledge is a collective good” of moralistic interdependence. Earlier, the free action and virtue of a gentleman garnered trust as there …

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