I'm writing a paper on StackExchange and building a comparison with Elinor Ostrom's principles for governing commons. While I understand most of the principles, I have some problems getting exactly what congruence implies:
A. The distribution of benefits from appropriation rules is roughly proportionate to the costs imposed by provision rules. B. Appropriation rules restricting time, place, technology, and/or quantity of resource units are related to local conditions.
My main problem is that I have problems defining what appropriation rules/provision rules/costs are in the context of StackExchange. Language barrier and the fact I've never studied politics is not helping. I try switching the words around to try and get closer to this reality but to no avail, it just doesn't seem to make any sense. Would anyone have a simple example of how this applies to anything that is voluntary and free?
EDIT: I'm writing this for a Knowledge management class so I'm considering knowledge as a resource here and/or cognitive surplus (time people all over the globe can spend on Stack as a result from technology)... Potentially depleted by "help vampires" or harmed by disruptive behaviors from users or other actors and such. All my readings thus far have led me to Ostrom and Benkler, see for example this article by Ostrom.