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October 31, 2007


Sarah Elkins

Have you seen the Dartmouth study about anonymous contributors? http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2007/10/17.html
"By subdividing their analysis by registered versus anonymous contributors, the researchers found that among those who contribute often, registered users are more reliable. And they discovered that among those who contribute only a little, the anonymous users are more reliable. The researchers were most surprised to find that the reliability of Good Samaritans' contributions were at least as high as that of the more reputable registered users' contributions."

I think this ties in with your observation -- people aren't often going to sign up for a new account just to make a contribution in passing, but those contributions in passing can add up to good value.
Rich responds: Given Dartmouth is my alma matter, I had better check them out. Thanks!

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