Are Wikipedia contributors grumpy?


Forget altruism. Misanthropy and egotism are the fuel of online social production. That’s the conclusion suggested by a new study of the character traits of the contributors to Wikipedia. A team of Israeli research psychologists gave personality tests to 69 Wikipedians and 70 non-Wikipedians. They discovered that, as New Scientist puts it, Wikipedians are generally “grumpy,” “disagreeable,” and “closed to new ideas.”

One Response to Are Wikipedia contributors grumpy?

  1. Steve Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    Coup in Honduras. Latin America has become pretty democratic in the last 20 years. I hate to hear this has happened.