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Styling Influence to the Loyalty for Knowledge Sharing on WikID

Authors: Regine W. Vroom, Bart Bleijerveld, Joost Schulze


WikID is a wiki for industrial design engineers. An important aspect for the viability of a wiki is the loyalty of the user community to share their information and knowledge by adding this knowledge to the wiki. For the initiators of a wiki it is therefore important to use every aspect to stimulate the user community to actively participate. In this study the focus is on the styling of the website. The central question is: How could the WikID website be visually designed to achieve a user experience which will incite the user to actively participate in the WikID community? After a literature study on the influencing factors of a website, a new interface has been designed by applying the rules found, in order to expand this website-s active user community. An online questionnaire regarding the old or the new website gave insights in the opinions of users. As expected, the new website was rated more positively than the old website. However, the differences are limited.

Keywords: wiki, Industrial Design Engineering Knowledge, Stimulate Knowledge Sharing, Influence of a wiki styling to thewillingness of users to participate

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