Modelling User Collaboration in Social Networks Using Edits and Comments
PublisherACM New York, NY, USA
Research has shown that in Q&A social networks, collaboration between respondents results in quality answers. Since good answers are required to keep any Q&A social network active, it is important to understand the characteristics of these collaborations and the collaborators. In this paper, we investigate how Stack Overflow promotes collaboration by allowing users to edit existing questions and answers in order to improve them. Using over 40,000 answer posts, our study reveals that collaboration in answer posts is not a function of achievement earned in terms of badges, as most edits associated with "best answer" rewards were posted by users who have not earned any answer badge. Our study further shows that posts that earned the "best answer" reward have more comments than those that did not. This study though, work in progress, can aid developers in implementing collaboration strategies in social networks that work.