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I find it interesting that people tend to exchange work for recognition in a way that benefits "the collective". I know I'm not the first person to recognize this.

Have there been any formal research projects or something of the like?

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marked as duplicate by animuson, Bo Persson, ChrisF, Austin Henley, hims056 Feb 22 '13 at 2:26

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An Analysis of the Stack Overflow Q&A Site

This project analyzes a Question & Answer site for programmers, Stack Overflow, that dramatically improves on the utility and performance of Q&A systems for technical domains...

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Our analysis is based on the August 2010 Stack Exchange Data Dump (creative-commons licensed)...

http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~bjoern/projects/stackoverflow/

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Great paper, George! Thanks a bunch for the link! My ex, and best friend, is on Psychopedagogy, and when I explain details of the Stack she is like "Really?! That's cool..!" – brasofilo Feb 21 '13 at 19:31

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