Common Knowledge ?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia is a 2014 book about Wikipedia ‘s community of contributors, by author Dariusz Jemielniak , who is a contributor himself.


A reviewer for Vice called Expired the book “both primer and detailed study on the habits of Wikipedians”. [1]

A writer for Inside Higher Ed is a self-sustaining and self-sustaining form of self-management. [2]

In Pacific Standard , the reviewer said the book was “a detailed ethnographic study of a paradoxical culture that is at once illegal and hierarchical, rule bound and consensus driven, collaborative and conflict driven.” [3]

In forbes the reviewer gave summaries of concepts covered, including Wikipedia’s rule sets, tension between experienced and inexperienced contributors, conflicts between subject matter experts and fact checkers, and the implications of Wikipedia having a broad audience. [4]

See also

  • Bibliography of Wikipedia


  1. Jump up^ Kiberd, Roisin (2 September 2014). “An Ethnographic Study of the Wikipedia Hive Mind” . Vice . Retrieved 8 February 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ Fister, Barbara (December 11, 2014). “Common Knowledge: Jemielniak on Wikipeda” . Inside Higher Ed . Retrieved 8 February 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ Postrel, Virginia (17 November 2014). “Who Killed Wikipedia?” – Pacific Standard . Pacific Standard . Retrieved 8 February 2015 .
  4. Jump up^ Anders, George (June 30, 2014). “How Wikipedia Really Works: An Insider’s Wry, Brave Account” . . Retrieved 23 June 2015 .

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