The growing subordination
of wiki values on Wikipedia

Steve Jankowski
PhD Candidate (York/Ryerson University)


What happens when different systems of knowledge
intersect within mass collaborative projects?

Epistemic values

  • constructionism
  • co-construction
  • collaboration
  • cooperation
  • trust in the community
  • self-identification

Epistemic values

  • utility
  • systematic organization
  • consistency
  • authority
  • trust in experts

The Userbox Controversy

  • Westerman, W. (2009). Epistemology, the Sociology of Knowledge,
    and the Wikipedia Userbox Controversy. In, Folklore and the
    Internet: Vernacular expression in a digital world
    (pp. 123--158).
    All USU Press Publications.

The Dissolution of Traditional Knowledge

  • van der Velden, M. (2011). When Knowledges Meet:
    Wikipedia and Other Stories from the Contact Zone.
    In Lovink, G. and Tkacz, N. (Eds.), Critical Point of View:
    A Wikipedia Reader
    (pp. 236-257). Amsterdam:
    Institute of Network Cultures.

“‘Traditional knowledge’ is not recognized
as knowledge by all who study it since it
includes beliefs, values and practices.”

— Wikipedia: “Traditional Knowledge”, 17:25 24 January 2007

Inclusionists and Deletionists

  • Kostakis, V. (2010). Identifying and understanding the
    problems of Wikipedia's peer governance: The case of
    inclusionists versus deletionists. First Monday, 15(3).

“If a topic has received significant coverage
in reliable sources that are independent of
the subject, it is presumed to be suitable for
a stand-alone article or list.”

— Wikipedia's General Notability Guide


Thanks :)

Steve Jankowski