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Commons Picture of the Year

Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation — the parent organisation of many well-loved projects, such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote and Wikiversity — runs the Commons Picture of the Year competition.

The aim of the competition is to identify “the best freely-licensed images from those that during the year have been awarded Featured picture status”; an accolade awarded by the community indicating that a picture is one of the finest released into the commons.

With the first round of voting due to end on the 4th of May, the Fifth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year competition has now started. If you’re eligible, get voting: the winners and runners-up from previous years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) are absolutely breathtaking and this year is sure to be no different.

Competition Increases Cheating, Not Performance

By increasing the competitiveness of a task–by rewarding top performers, for example–performance levels do not improve and instead the rate of cheating increases among the worst performers.

That’s what researchers discovered when they used a maze-based computer task to determine how increasing competitive pressure influences cheating and performance levels.

Half the students were paid according to how many mazes they completed whereas the half in the ‘highly competitive’ condition were only paid per maze if they were the top performer in their group of six students. […]

‘It turns out that individuals who are less able to fulfill the assigned task do not only have a higher probability to cheat, they also cheat in more different ways,’ the researchers said. ‘It appears that poor performers either feel entitled to cheat in a system that does not give them any legitimate opportunities to succeed, or they engage in “face saving” activity to avoid embarrassment for their poor performance.”

I’m not quite sure of the implications in an academic or professional setting, but I presume they are not great!

via @TimHarford