1. Good faith, bad faith

    Despite appearances, I do make note of the Wikipedia disaffected. A possible criticism of my work is my focus on the notion of "good faith" in collaboration misses this constituency. No doubt one could write many volumes on the conflict and "dissensus" of Wikipedia. (Deetz (1996) considers the consensus/dissensus …

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  2. History, Wikinomics, and Causation

    An issue related to the question of priority, noted in a previous entry, is the general historical question of causality. Priority, who first had an idea or published it, can be a trivial question relative to a claim about who or what caused something. Niels Bohr modeled the atom, but …

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  3. Grey literature, stigmergy and priority

    Last week I read a provocative paper by Helen Nissenbaum (2002) where she considers the norms, values, and ends previously served by the convention of scholarly priority, and, now that the contextual landscape is changing because of electronic media, whether intellectual property (patents) can serve just as well in their …

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  4. Auctorial Leadership?

    A few days ago, while walking home from the local library, I recalled an expression I learned in a class on early Christian history: primus inter pares. This notion was used by early church leaders (e.g., the Bishop of Rome, now the Pope) and present day patriarchs to indicate …

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  5. ZotZero and BusySponge

    I have been reading of ZotZero in Josh's blog and am hopeful that it will help bridge the gap between the dynamic and informal life of the Web (e.g., reading, blogging, bookmarks, RSS, etc.) and the seemingly lifeless task of bibliography. Wouldn't it be nice if citing something was …

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  6. 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 is …

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  7. 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 and …

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