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Building Crowdsourcing Applications

document Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation
Summary A talk on Simon Willison's experiences building crowdsourcing applications, both at the Guardian newspaper and for his own personal projects. Presented at Web Directions @media 2010 on June 9th.
Description Here's some important excerpts from the presentation:

1. Lessons learned Be flexible:

a. Your users may not share your precise goals.
b. Optimise for the fat head of your user base.
c. Expose recent activity to site staff.
d. Users will do almost anything for a medal!

2. Final thoughts

a. Don’t be afraid: even flawed crowdsourcing systems produce
fascinating results.
b. Think hard about the questions you ask.
c. Have a minimal barrier to entry
d. Get the next task logic right. Seriously.

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