Wiki Patterns

Patterns for successful wiki use

User Tools

Site Tools




Provide mechanisms that recognize the value added to the community by contributors.

Motivation and Usage

A common personal motivation is to be respected and acknowledged by peers. For some Wiki users, this may be a major influence on whether and how much they contribute.

Most Wikis work on a volunteer basis, where no one is paid for their contribution. For most users, adding information to the Wiki is not part of their job. But, to use a cliche, recognition is its own reward. Showing that people's work is appreciated may encourage them to contribute more.


  • Record the author of all edits. (OK, so there needs to be a separate discussion about whether to allow anonymous edits.)
  • Allow others to rate the quality of contributions.
  • Show statistics on the extent of a user's contribution, e.g. number of topics for which they are the primary author, number of edits, peer assessment rating (“Reputation Points”, “Karma” etc).
  • Mark user profiles with roles such as “Moderator”, “Guru”, “MVP”
recognition.txt · Last modified: 2018/11/28 14:56 by splitbrain