Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Emergent structure in volunteer organisations


This is another sneak peak into an evolving organisation.  The post itself is a fun read but the indirect references in the comments lead to better snippits of corruption and trust.

This kind of emergent structure and rules systems (that then get ignored) is fascinating.  Especially if you think about how under siege some Wikipedia articles must be.  Being able to generate a self assembling organisation that can collate and maintain some semblance of structure is amasing.  

The aggregation and politicking over the "rules" suggests some interesting mechanisms at play.  Issues like, trust (that the rules are valid/correct/followed), faith that the rules are coherent and unambiguous, and the embedding within the rules of the domain langauge of accronyms and community dialects.

It would be a fascinating community to study.

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