Sunday Dec 09, 2007

Fuzzy Authorship: A Mechanism to Motivate and Reward Collaboration

There is nothing quite as rewarding as seeing in your name in lights for doing something good. Getting recognition for your work is one of the big motivators for social beings such as ourselves. Attribution is therefore an essential part of the publishing process--especially for collaborative documents like Wiki pages. But how is authorship to be determined? Having to click different buttons for major and minor changes just complicates things. Better if we can automate the process. This process suggests some "fuzzy logic" heuristics we can use.
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