Decision making in the self-evolved collegiate court: Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee and its implications for self-governance and judiciary in cyberspace
- Decision making in the self-evolved collegiate court: Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee and its implications for self-governance and judiciary in cyberspace
- Konieczny, Piotr Bronislaw
- Cognitive biases; collegiate courts; decision making; oligarchy; Wikipedia
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- SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
- INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY, v. 32, No. 6, Page. 755-774
- This article considers the extent to which non-legal factors (nationality, activity/experience,
conflict avoidance, and time constraints) affect decision making within collegiate courts, through
the study of the Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee. That body is a self-evolved collegiate court
of the Internet’s fifth most popular website, whose judges (known as arbitrators) are volunteers.
This study shows that the decision-making process of this body seems mostly unaffected by the
demographic factors studied and the acclimatization bias. Some evidence of conflict avoidance is
found. Despite the professed equality of members of the Committee, there is clear evidence that
some are much more active (and thus, influential) than others. Compared to most traditional
court settings, in the volunteer collegiate court studied here, time constraints play a much more
significant role than previously suggested in the literature.
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