Cooperation Commons: Interdisciplinary study of cooperation and collective action.
Cooperation for a Better Gaming Commons
By JimBenson, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 9 years 36 weeks ago.
Online gaming communities have the same host of issues as other commons - free riding, dishonesty and abuse.
This includes a dynamic called "Grieving" in which people abuse other game players or thwart objectives of groups. In an article entitled Gamers Don't Want Any More Grief, the Guardian reports on on-line gaming community efforts to police their own against Grieving.
The tools are recognizable, buddy lists, reputation management systems, and reporting mechanisms. However, it would be difficult for such systems to guard against something like this:
This is another Bull-in-a-china-shop situation, where actors in a commons specifically set out to destroy the elements of the commons that make it worthwhile.
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