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When Pixels Collide - sudoscript
"Last weekend, a fascinating act in the history of humanity played out on Reddit.

For April Fool's Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave its users, who are all anonymous, a blank canvas called Place.

The rules were simple. Each user could choose one pixel from 16 colors to place anywhere on the canvas. They could place as many pixels of as many colors as they wanted, but they had to wait a few minutes between placing each one.

Over the following 72 hours, what emerged was nothing short of miraculous. A collaborative artwork that shocked even its inventors."
Reddit  art  pixels  creativity  Community 
april 2017 by pierredv
The Paradox of the Proof | Project Wordsworth
Via Henry Yuen. Quote of O'Niel ("mathbabe"_ “You don’t get to say you’ve proved something if you haven’t explained it,” she says. “A proof is a social construct. If the community doesn’t understand it, you haven’t done your job.” From piece: "The community works together; they are not cut-throat or competitive. Colleagues check each other’s work, spending hours upon hours verifying that a peer got it right. This behavior is not just altruistic, but also necessary: unlike in medical science, where you know you’re right if the patient is cured, or in engineering, where the rocket either launches or it doesn’t, theoretical math, better known as “pure” math, has no physical, visible standard. It is entirely based on logic. To know you’re right means you need someone else, preferably many other people, to walk in your footsteps and confirm that every step was made on solid ground. A proof in a vacuum is no proof at all."
stories  community  proof  meaning  maths 
may 2013 by pierredv
We Know The Experts Are Out There. - Expert Labs
Expert Labs is a new independent initiative to help policy makers in our government take advantage of the expertise of their fellow citizens
government  crowdsourcing  politics  community  governance  via:gmsv 
november 2009 by pierredv
Online playgrounds: There is life in virtual reality after all
Second Life "has turned out to be a prime example of how short-lived internet fads can be. Yet if many adults seem to have given up on virtual worlds, those that cater to children and teenagers are thriving. Several have even found a way to make money."
Alternatives like Club Penguin and Habbo Hotel make money by charging for avatar add-ons and participating in activities
"Keeping them safe is one of the biggest running costs, because their sponsors have to employ real people to police their realms."
secondlife  community  security  TheEconomist 
september 2009 by pierredv
OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.
geography  maps  collaboration  community  via:dailywireless 
june 2009 by pierredv
Unboxed - Verizon’s Experiment in Volunteer Customer Service - NYTimes.com
via Marc Smith super users to the rescue; give them kudos and direct access to tech support, and they'll do a lot of customer hand-holding
community  support  verizon  NYTimes 
may 2009 by pierredv
Explaining the curse of work - New Scientist 14 January 2009
Followups on Parkinson's original insights. Factoids on group size: "The highest executive bodies of most countries have between 13 and 20 members. ... Groups with fewer than 20 members tend to reach agreement, whereas those larger than 20 generally splinter into subgroups that agree within themselves, but become frozen in permanent disagreement with each other."
psychology  community  work  NewScientist  factoids 
january 2009 by pierredv
2006 Scion tC - Living the Life of Scion - NYTimes.com
"From its inception in 2003, Scion, a division of Toyota, has made rampant use of grassroots marketing to recruit owners like Mr. Wong — young, enthusiastic, industrious — to be the hot-rodders of tomorrow. Encouraged by Scion’s keenly directed flow of marketing dollars, which not only support car shows and track days but also hip-hop concerts, fashion shows and exhibitions of graffiti art, owners have formed close-knit social networks in the real and virtual worlds, where Mr. Wong is the very model of an alpha Scion citizen."
trends  **  NYTimes  community  culture 
december 2008 by pierredv
The novel by tweet | csmonitor.com
"The microblogging site, Twitter, launches into serialized fiction for bored cubicle dwellers" Includes various good examples
writing  community  CSMonitor  ** 
november 2008 by pierredv
The Science of Gossip: Why We Can't Stop Ourselves: Scientific American
we're hardwired for gossip; great survey article: "gossip serves a useful social function in bonding group members together. In the distant past, when humans lived in small bands and meeting strangers was a rare occurrence, gossip helped us survive and thrive"
psychology  community  via:sciam  *** 
october 2008 by pierredv
How extroverted is honey.bunny77@hotmail.de? Inferring personality from e-mail addresses (PDF)
"personality impressions based solely on e-mail addresses were consensually shared by observers. Moreover,
these impressions contained some degree of validity. This was true for neuroticism, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness,
and narcissism bu"
community  psychology  via:gmsv  web  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2008 by pierredv
The PR Roadblock On The Road To Blissful Blogging
Arrington on why PR is bad, and how startups can avoid having to do it: blog, twitter, network
community  pr  via:gmsv 
august 2008 by pierredv
The battle for Wikipedia's soul | Economist.com
"The popular online encyclopedia, written by volunteer contributors, has unlimited space. So does it matter if it includes trivia?"
Conflict between inclusionists and deletionists
Example of "problems" of distributed governance, cf. globalization policy
collaboration  community  governance  web 
april 2008 by pierredv
Project management, collaboration, and task software: Basecamp
Basecamp provides tools tailored to improve the communication between people working together on a project.
community  collaboration  tools 
february 2008 by pierredv
Via Freedom to Coercion: The Emergence of Costly Punishment -- Hauert et al. 316 (5833): 1905 -- Science
"In human societies, cooperative behavior in joint enterprises is often enforced through institutions that impose sanctions on defectors. Many experiments on so-called public goods games have shown that in the absence of such institutions, individuals are
psychology  community  commons  economics  culture 
july 2007 by pierredv
Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy: The Greatest Generation Gap Since Rock and Roll -- New York Magazine
"As younger people reveal their private lives on the Internet, the older generation looks on with alarm and misapprehension not seen since the early days of rock and roll. The future belongs to the uninhibited. "
trends  community  culture 
february 2007 by pierredv
OkCupid! Local Matches
via Peter Rinearson - use lots of questionnaires to find matches
community 
january 2007 by pierredv
danah boyd: Broken Metaphors: Blogging as Liminal Practice, 2005
her description:
The goal of this paper is to reveal tensions underlying conceptualizations of blogging. First, I
introduce how metaphorical constructions of blogging are being employed and limiting research
on blogging by obfuscating an understanding
blogs  media  community  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2007 by pierredv
Blue Dot: Dot the Web. Connect with Friends.
via Scott Forbes
social sharing of web pages you like
community  web 
january 2007 by pierredv
Some "friends" on MySpace turn out to be online enemies -- The Seattle Times: Business & Technology:
identity theft hacks on MySpace "Social-networking sites make good targets because of the implicit level of trust users have when they're interacting with "friends.""
security  community  hardproblems 
december 2006 by pierredv
Mountain View Coverage Map
"This map shows the location of Google WiFi nodes in Mountain View, CA. The map also shows the areas of the city where we are not yet able to provide coverage."
wireless  networking  community 
august 2006 by pierredv
PaperBackSwap.com | Your source for swapping paperback books for FREE!
via CSMonitor story 15 feb 06; see also frugalreader.com and titletrader.com
web  commerce  community 
february 2006 by pierredv
HOT or NOT
dating site based on 10-point rating of photos; ref by Peter Rinearson 4 jan 05
Community 
january 2006 by pierredv
Ok Cupid! Free Online Dating
questionnaire based approach; ref by Peter Rinearson 4 jan 06
community 
january 2006 by pierredv
myspace is gay
table explaining what various photos on myspace really mean
humor  community 
january 2006 by pierredv
Gather
online community - trying to have better-than-blog characteristics
community  blogs 
november 2005 by pierredv
Many-to-Many from Corante
group weblog on social software.
community  blogs 
july 2005 by pierredv
Grafedia
hyperlinking from urban graffiti to web content - John Geraci, NYU IPT
design  community 
july 2005 by pierredv

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