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dc.contributor.authorBighash, Leilaen_US
dc.contributor.authorOh, Poongen_US
dc.contributor.authorFulk, Janeten_US
dc.contributor.authorMonge, Peteren_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-02T00:36:05Z-
dc.date.available2021-09-02T00:36:05Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationBighash, L., Oh, P., Fulk, J. & Monge, P. (2017). The value of questions in organizing : reconceptualizing contributions to online public information goods. Communication Theory, 28(1), 1-21. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/comt.12123en_US
dc.identifier.issn1050-3293en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10356/152592-
dc.description.abstractIn contrast to previous research that treats question‐askers as free‐riders, this article conceptualizes questions and information requests as important forms of contribution to generating online public information goods. By requesting information, individuals make visible an informational need, calling for attention from those who may be able to fulfill that need and alerting those who share that need. Communicating questions can result in groups forming around particular shared interests, giving rise to permeable group boundaries that distinguish the interested from others. Such groups continue or even grow if new information needs are introduced. Once all information needs are fulfilled, the group will eventually dissolve, leaving their informational assets as public goods for the whole community.en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofCommunication Theoryen_US
dc.rightsThis is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Communication Theory following peer review. The version of record [Bighash, L., Oh, P., Fulk, J., & Monge, P. (2017). The value of questions in organizing : reconceptualizing contributions to online public information goods. Communication Theory, 28(1), 1-21 is available online at http://doi.org/10.1111/comt.12123.en_US
dc.subjectSocial sciences::Communicationen_US
dc.titleThe value of questions in organizing : reconceptualizing contributions to online public information goodsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolWee Kim Wee School of Communication and Informationen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/comt.12123-
dc.description.versionAccepted versionen_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.volume28en_US
dc.identifier.spage1en_US
dc.identifier.epage21en_US
dc.subject.keywordsPublic Goodsen_US
dc.subject.keywordsKnowledge Sharingen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementThe development of this article was supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation Grant IIS-1514505en_US
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