In praise of tweaking: A wiki-like programming contest

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  • Article: In praise of tweaking: A wiki-like programming contest
  • Author(s): Ned Gulley
  • Journal: Interactions 11 (2004), no. 3, 18-23

Abstract: I know something you want to know. But will I tell you? Why should I? What's in it for me? Internet technology makes the simple act of online collaboration easy, but human nature stubbornly resists change. Why should I collaborate with you? What would convince me to share my ideas with you, given that you might use them to compete with me? In a larger sense, how might we build a system that encourages people to collaborate in, for example, writing useful code? These are some of the questions we have explored with a new kind of open source programming contest.

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