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Comment author: Crouching_Badger 26 March 2012 04:07:09AM 6 points [-]

I'm reposting this here because there was a thread swap and I didn't get any takers in the former thread. Please let me interview you! It will be fun and wont take up too much time!

Hello, my name is Brett, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas, currently studying in the Department of Anthropology. In this semester, my classmates and I have been tasked with conducting an ethnographic study on an online community. After reading a few posts and the subsequent comments, LessWrong seemed like a great community on which to conduct an ethnography. The purpose of this study is to identify the composition of an online community, analyze communication channels and modes of interaction, and to glean any other information about unique aspects of the LessWrong community.

For this study I will be employing two information gathering techniques. The first of which will be Participant Observation, where I will document my participation within the community in attempts to accurately describe the ecosystem that comprises LessWrong. The second technique will be two interviews held with members of the community, where we will have a conversation about communication techniques within the community, the impact the community has had on the interviewees, and any other relevant aspects that may help to create a more coherent picture of the community.

It is at this point that I would like to ask for volunteers who would like to participate in the interview portion of the study. The interview will take from forty-five minutes to an hour and a half, and will be recorded using one of several applicable methods, such as audio recording or textual logs, depending on the medium of the interview. If there are any North Texas area members who would like to participate, I would like to specifically invite you to a face-to-face interview, as it would be most temporally convenient, though I am also available to use Skype, one of any other voice-based, online communication systems or the telephone to communicate.

If you are interested in participating, please send me a PM expressing your interest. If there are any questions or comments about the nature of the study, my experience with Anthropology, or anything else, please feel free to reply and create discourse. Thank you for your time.

Comment author: kpreid 26 March 2012 06:44:12PM 3 points [-]

I recommend making a post to Discussion instead of a comment for this purpose.

Comment author: Crouching_Badger 27 March 2012 01:51:05AM 0 points [-]

Thanks for the advice. I've already gotten two volunteers, though, so I don't think that will be necessary. I will definitely make sure to post there to discuss my research, though.

Comment author: Alicorn 27 March 2012 06:56:00AM 1 point [-]

This survey may interest you in your pursuits.

Comment author: Crouching_Badger 27 March 2012 06:54:44PM 0 points [-]

Yes! That is great! Thank you so much.