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ICSE 2021
Mon 17 May - Sat 5 June 2021
Tue 25 May 2021 12:25 - 12:45 at Blended Sessions Room 3 - 1.2.3. Developers: General Issues Chair(s): Oscar Pastor
Wed 26 May 2021 00:25 - 00:45 at Blended Sessions Room 3 - 1.2.3. Developers: General Issues

We examine how the behavior of software developers changes in response to removing gamification elements from GitHub, an online platform for collaborative programming and software development. We find that the unannounced removal of daily activity streak counters from the user interface (from user profile pages) was followed by significant changes in behavior. Long-running streaks of activity were abandoned and became less common. Weekend activity decreased and days in which developers made a single contribution became less common. Synchronization of streaking behavior in the platform’s social network also decreased, suggesting that gamification is a powerful channel for social influence. Focusing on a set of software developers that were publicly pursuing a goal to make contributions for 100 days in a row, we find that some of these developers abandon this quest following the removal of the public streak counter. Our findings provide evidence for the significant impact of gamification on the behavior of developers on large collaborative programming and software development platforms. They urge caution: gamification can steer the behavior of software developers in unexpected and unwanted directions.

Conference Day
Tue 25 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

12:05 - 13:15
1.2.3. Developers: General IssuesSEIS - Software Engineering in Society / Technical Track at Blended Sessions Room 3 +12h
Chair(s): Oscar PastorUniversitat Politecnica de Valencia
12:05
20m
Paper
Do you really code? Designing and Evaluating Screening Questions for Online Surveys with ProgrammersTechnical Track
Technical Track
Anastasia DanilovaUniversity of Bonn, Alena NaiakshinaUniversity of Bonn, Stefan HorstmannUniversity of Bonn, Matthew SmithUniversity of Bonn, Fraunhofer FKIE
Pre-print Media Attached
12:25
20m
Paper
How Gamification Affects Software Developers: Cautionary Evidence from a Natural Experiment on GitHubTechnical Track
Technical Track
Lukas MoldonRWTH Aachen University, Markus StrohmaierRWTH Aachen University & GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Johannes WachsVienna University of Economics and Business & Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Pre-print Media Attached
12:45
15m
Paper
Exploring the Role of Creativity in Software EngineeringSEIS
SEIS - Software Engineering in Society
Wouter GroeneveldKU Leuven, Laurens LuytenKU Leuven, Joost VennekensKU Leuven, Kris AertsKU Leuven
Pre-print Media Attached
13:00
15m
Paper
Résumé-Driven Development: A Definition and Empirical CharacterizationSEIS
SEIS - Software Engineering in Society
Jonas FritzschUniversity of Stuttgart, Institute of Software Engineering, Marvin WyrichUniversity of Stuttgart, Justus BognerUniversity of Stuttgart, Institute of Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering Group, Stefan WagnerUniversity of Stuttgart
Pre-print Media Attached

Conference Day
Wed 26 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

00:05 - 01:15
00:05
20m
Paper
Do you really code? Designing and Evaluating Screening Questions for Online Surveys with ProgrammersTechnical Track
Technical Track
Anastasia DanilovaUniversity of Bonn, Alena NaiakshinaUniversity of Bonn, Stefan HorstmannUniversity of Bonn, Matthew SmithUniversity of Bonn, Fraunhofer FKIE
Pre-print Media Attached
00:25
20m
Paper
How Gamification Affects Software Developers: Cautionary Evidence from a Natural Experiment on GitHubTechnical Track
Technical Track
Lukas MoldonRWTH Aachen University, Markus StrohmaierRWTH Aachen University & GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Johannes WachsVienna University of Economics and Business & Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Pre-print Media Attached
00:45
15m
Paper
Exploring the Role of Creativity in Software EngineeringSEIS
SEIS - Software Engineering in Society
Wouter GroeneveldKU Leuven, Laurens LuytenKU Leuven, Joost VennekensKU Leuven, Kris AertsKU Leuven
Pre-print Media Attached
01:00
15m
Paper
Résumé-Driven Development: A Definition and Empirical CharacterizationSEIS
SEIS - Software Engineering in Society
Jonas FritzschUniversity of Stuttgart, Institute of Software Engineering, Marvin WyrichUniversity of Stuttgart, Justus BognerUniversity of Stuttgart, Institute of Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering Group, Stefan WagnerUniversity of Stuttgart
Pre-print Media Attached