Peer Production and "Laws of Quality"

Paul Duguid

Paul Duguid, Peer Production and "Laws of Quality", First Monday, 11(10), October 2006.

People often implicitly ascribe the quality of peer-production projects such as Project Gutenberg or Wikipedia to what I call "laws" of quality. These are drawn from Open Source software development and it is not clear how applicable they are outside the realm of software. I look at examples from peer production projects to ask whether faith in these laws does not so much guarantee quality as hide the need for improvement.


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