Another Kind of Researcher

My name is Britt Caldwell and I'm a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I'm interested in studying the H2G2 community for a class project, along with two other folks. We're interested in questions like:

- there are criteria for what is acceptable into the edited guide and what is not. how are these determined? are they revised, and if so, how and with whose content?

-how successful (in terms of generating interesting knowledge, not encyclopaedic knowledge) are the two divisions of the site? how do people decide where to contribute, and what kind of things do they write about?

-what kinds of users exist? do they see h2g2 as a place to hangout and talk to friends? as a live journal kind of experience? do they essentially see it as a place to write in? are these kinds of activities combined, and if so, how?

-what are the kinds of people who frequent this place? why?

-how do people navigate affiliation to an organization such as the BBC, which hosts similar communities?

-why is the place interesting at all? do we see similar patterns of behavior on, say, wikipedia?

I'm new to H2G2 and feel there is a lot to take in. Any guidance (and patience) along the way would be appreciated!

If you have any questions or concerns about the study, further information can be found at" > We can also be contacted through e-mail at: [email protected]

Thank you for your cooperation,

Britt Caldwell

caldwell at cc dot gatech dot edu

_a note about ethical issues_: this project is being conducted for a class assignment only. the correspondence with others will be coded to not give out the researchers' site names. the information gathered will only be discussed in class and the data will thereafter be destroyed.


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