Citation: Tom Gruber. Avoiding the Travesty of the Commons. Presentation at NPUC 2006, New Paradigms for User Computing, IBM Almaden Research Center, July 24, 2006. http://tomgruber.org/writing/avoiding-travestry.htm
Will it be the wisdom of crowds or the travesty of the commons? It depends. The value of user-contributed content depends on the design of the space for social interaction, with its own set of design questions. This presentation discusses a series of issues for the design of social web sites, such as how to motivate, guide, and harvest user contributions. Approaches to these design issues are shown with examples from RealTravel, a site for sharing travel reviews and experiences. Key ideas include Snap To Grid for combining structured and unstructured data, Pivot Browsing, and Contextual Tagging.