Badges of friendship: Social influence and badge acquisition on stack overflow

Alexander Halavais, Kyounghee Kwon, Shannon Havener, Jason Striker

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13 Scopus citations

Abstract

Badges can provide a number of advantages to networked, self-directed learners, including making visible social networks of support and direction. If badges do allow for this, we would expect to see badge acquisition to be predicted by the presence of a particular badge among a learner's social connections. In examining the badges and "tags" used on the question-and-answer site Stack Overflow. We find that the more general badges are closely related to tenure on the site, while the numerous "tag" badges provide for more socially-determined differentiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1607-1615
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479925049
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 6 2014Jan 9 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period1/6/141/9/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Cite this

Halavais, A., Kwon, K., Havener, S., & Striker, J. (2014). Badges of friendship: Social influence and badge acquisition on stack overflow. In Proceedings of the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014 (pp. 1607-1615). [6758803] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2014.206