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Towards adaptive recruitment and engagement mechanisms in social systems

López, C and Brusilovsky, P (2012) Towards adaptive recruitment and engagement mechanisms in social systems. In: UNSPECIFIED UNSPECIFIED, 382 - 396. ISBN 9783642285080

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Although successful online communities have engaged thousands of users, designers still struggle to recruit newcomers and increase current contribution rates. Related work on encouraging contributions has drawn from Social Psychology, Sociology and Economics theories. Engagement mechanisms embed the principles of these theories, and experimental studies evaluate the impact of different mechanisms on the contribution rates. Significant differences among alternative engagement mechanisms have been found, however, the results are sometimes contradictory for different groups of users. Our hypothesis is that the effectiveness of engagement mechanisms may depend on users' characteristics, and not solely on the mechanism itself. To start exploring this hypothesis, we performed a study to evaluate the impact of recruitment and engagement messages on different users' cohorts. Levels of current participation rates and demographic data were analyzed in order to explain differences in the impact of these engagement strategies. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
López, C
Brusilovsky, Ppeterb@pitt.eduPETERB0000-0002-1902-1464
Date: 5 March 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume: 7138 L
Page Range: 382 - 396
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/978-3-642-28509-7_35
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9783642285080
ISSN: 0302-9743
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 14:51
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2021 10:55


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