APJIS Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems

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The Journal for Information Professionals

Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems (APJIS), a Scopus and ABDC indexed journal, is a
flagship journal of the information systems (IS) field in the Asia Pacific region.

ISSN 2288-5404 (Print) / ISSN 2288-6818 (Online)

Editor : Hee-Woong Kim

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Current Issue

Date September 2020
Vol. No. Vol. 30 No. 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.14329/apjis.2020.30.3.497
Page 497~512
Title Anonymous Participation and Collaboration Efficiency in Online Communities
Author Hong Joo Lee, Jong Woo Kim, Hyun Jung Park, Sung Joo Park
Keyword Anonymity, Online Communities, Online Collaboration, Efficiency of Collaboration, Wikipedia
Abstract Anonymity is one of the key factors that influence communication and the work behaviours of people. It is even more evident in an online community the role of anonymity can be akin to a double-edged sword: it can increase participation while at the same time detrimental effects due to irresponsible and disruptive behaviour. Most studies on anonymous participation in groups or communities have reported this ambivalent view of anonymity: positive or negative. Furthermore, the effects of anonymous participation may be different in a dynamic sense because the task characteristics of participation can vary across time. In this study, we hypothesise that the effects of anonymity in online collaboration differ across the stages of collaboration. We analysed 2,978 featured articles on the English-language Wikipedia website and investigated the contributions of anonymous participants. While the contributions of anonymous participants were negative to collaboration efficiency as a whole, the negative effect of anonymous participants was stronger in the earlier stage than the later stage of collaboration. These findings indicate that the effect of anonymity has two sides in terms of collaboration efficiency in the same collaborative environment.


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