Are Wikipedia contributors grumpy?

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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.”

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  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/world/americas/29honduras.html

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

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