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Re: Conducting Research on FOSS communities

From: Thomas Ingram
Subject: Re: Conducting Research on FOSS communities
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:03:44 -0500
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On 11/12/18 1:23 PM, Drew Adams wrote:
"Willing to answer some questions" can depend on the
questions.  Maybe you can post the questions somewhere
and ask people to get in touch with you if they want
to participate?

Yes, good point, I can provide you with the approved questions:

Note: “community” refers to the FOSS community and the GNU Emacs community specifically.

1. Describe your role in this community.

2. How long have you been a part of this community?

3. Why are you involved in this community?

4. What would you say are the shared goals of your community? (Why does this group exist? What does it do?)

5. What mechanisms do members use to communicate with each other? (examples: meetings, email, text messages, newsletters, reports, evaluation forms, handbook, etc)

6. What are the purposes of each of these mechanisms of communication?

7. How do new members learn about the mechanisms of communication and how to use them?

8. Are there any shared texts or mechanisms for communication that you think are not working well? What do you see as the problem?

9. What are some examples of specialized language that the group members use in their conversation and written communication? (examples: acronyms, slang, specialized terms that “outsiders” might not understand)

10. How do you help new members learn the specialized language of the community?

Hopefully that helps clarify what I'll be asking about.

Thomas Ingram
Michigan Technological University
Computer Science

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