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From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

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Feudal Wikipedia
The emergence of Government on Wikipedia

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Author of the submission

Marc A. Pelletier

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We examine the parallels between the emergence of government structures and societal organization in early Medieval Europe and Wikipedia; examining the similarities and divergences as they developed over nine years of life, and their observable effects on the content and contributors of the encyclopedia.

We will examine what lessons may be learned from the instabilities of emerging sociopolitical structures and how applicable they may be to the future evolution of governance on community-run collaborative content construction in general, and Wikipedia in particular.

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People and Community

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