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ms09nk
Hello everyone,

As part of my MSc Dissertation project at Warwick Business School in UK, I?m conducting a survey that deals with users? experiences of participation in professional virtual communities, of which TechRepublic is perfect example.

I would be great if you could help me and participate by clicking on the link below. The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to answer. All responses will be kept strictly confidential (used only for the purposes of my dissertation). Everyone who participates will have the option to enter into a draw for five ?20 (or $30) Amazon vouchers.

The survey is accessible at:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/332962/ks-vcp7

I greatly appreciate your help. My degree depends on this survey! If you would like to know the results of my work, I will be happy to share them here with the TechRepublic community after the data is collected.

Best regards,

Nikita Kursov
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    CharlieSpencer

    The survey is very generic and not TR-specific. What other sites are you posting this to?

    Hey, PTBs, you cool with this?

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    santeewelding

    Pure marketing.

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    CharlieSpencer

    On-line survey services? The first page of the survey wasn't pushing anything. It looks harmless, but something didn't give me warm fuzzies.

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    ms09nk

    I can promise you that I am not marketing anything other than my own academic survey. My research is purely academic and needless to say, there are absolutely no commercial intentions involved. My only intention is to do well in my dissertation and contribute new, valuable insights to academic literature.

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    santeewelding

    Absolutely none, you said, including the Amazon vouchers.

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    ms09nk

    That is correct, there are absolutely no commercial intentions.

    The sole purpose of the Amazon vouchers is to serve as an incentive for potential participants, and as a thank you for taking the time and effort to participate. If I had the necessary financial resources, I would give every participant an Amazon voucher in return, however in reality this is not possible, hence the five voucher prize draw.

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    santeewelding

    Your exclamation that, "My degree depends on this survey!"

    Which is to say, on the kindness of strangers alone? Your own work to this point, not?

    Does the exclamation fall in line with your repeated assertions about needing to adhere faithfully to academic parameters?

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    ms09nk

    Would you kindly clarify as to what exactly you are implying your post?

    The central and most important piece of my Masters degree, (besides exams, essays, presentations etc), is the dissertation, this also being the last stage of the course. In turn, the central part of my dissertation is the survey. As is the case with most surveys that I've come across, my survey inevitably depends on the kindness of strangers, as you correctly put. Therefore at this point, my degree very much depends on the kindness of strangers, as, simply put: no responses => no data => no dissertation => no degree.

    I am not sure how this relates to 'adherence to academic parameters'.

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    Jaqui

    to TR's baffle them with bull* trap.

    Santee just loves to agitate like that, you can safely ignore him.

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    santeewelding

    I just have. I expanded my original post -- "Pure marketing" -- on two counts: commercialization and exclamation.

    Further, the bullshilt to which Jaqui refers is your own. I've been playing off your terminology: "nature of academic surveys...compromise the validity...fastidious world of academic research...measures invalid".

    I imply nothing. I declare. Yours, so far, amounts to an aside.

    I repeat: where in the fastidious world of academic research do you fit your exclamation point? Where do you fit payment?

    Yours is a business school. Nowadays it's called, "business development"; aka, "marketing".

    Pure marketing.

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    ms09nk

    I have 'reached my maximum message level' so I am posting up the tree.

    @santeewelding: I must have, for some unexplainable reason, personally insulted you by posting an invitation to my survey on the TechRepublic Forums, for I cannot find any other reason why you would be picking on such trivial points as the exclamation mark in my survey invitation.

    I think I have explained myself and my intentions quite clearly. And as I already mentioned, the 'payment', serves as an added incentive for members to participate, this is regularly used in quantitative academic research.

    I am not forcing you or anyone else to take the survey - it is an invitation: if you prefer not to, don't participate. How this could have agitated or offended you is beyond my understanding.

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    santeewelding

    These are unknown to me. Were they known to me, I would have exclaimed so.

    The umbrage is yours.

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    ms09nk

    That I am pleased to hear. Likewise, there is no umbrage on my behalf whatsoever.

    Actually I should thank you, for your posts have helped this thread stay on top of the discussion forums, inadvertently promoting the survey far more than any exclamation marks and cash incentives combined.

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    santeewelding

    My, but you ascribe so much.

    Your defense of thesis is what I had in mind.

    You are unaccustomed to the rigors of challenge?

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    ms09nk

    I understand your point and apologise if the survey if you perceive the survey too generic for the TechRepublic forum.

    The original aspect of my research is that unlike previous studies, it examines professional virtual communities (aka virtual communities of practice). Consequently, I found the TechRepublic discussion forums to be one of the best examples of such communities. I have also offered the survey to members of 4 other professional virtual communities, including Spiceworks.com and WebDeveloper.com.

    Needless to say, I will be happy to provide you with any further information regarding my research.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Most of your questions are multi-part, with at least three sub-questions each, and many appear repetitive (on the first page, questions 8 and 9).

    I reached the second page, saw the number of responses expected, and quit.

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    ms09nk

    I would have loved to make the survey more concise and the questions less repetitive, but unfortunately this is the nature of academic surveys and cutting anything out compromises the validity of my results.

    There are a total of 66 questions, and each one only takes a few seconds to answer. Having been pre-tested multiple times, it took respondents no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

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    neilb@uk

    but declined to leave my email address so the 20 quid isn't going to be mine. Probably a good thing as I'd only spend it on beer.

    I do have to say that a lot of the questions were in blocks that were really very similar within the grouping. Made it a bit tedious.

    :)

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    ms09nk

    Thank you for participating, greatly appreciated.

    I also wish I could have less similar questions within blocks, but in the fastidious world of academic research doing so would make the measures invalid.

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    Jellimonsta

    Completed it too, and tend to agree with the apparent repetitiveness of grouped questions. However, I can understand if there were outlines and expectation placed that necessitated they be so.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The questions where repetitive which is to be expected by Uni Requirements so that was no biggy for me.

    However with all the questions about the
    Moderator Running the site which isn't the case with TR I think that the results may be far from what actually happens here at TR. I've had occasion where I've been giving Technical help to a Moderator off line.

    Also many here give help just because they feel that it's their responsibility to return what they received years ago when they where starting out.

    While they do run into problems and they do expect help from the community at those times occasionally it's not the reason why they offer help to begin with.

    But then again maybe I'm completely wrong and I'm just strange, as it's how I work. :0

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    that you are just strange. :0

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    Jaqui

    .

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    But

    HAL 9000 Moderator

    I still control the Air Locks and run no risk of getting sucked out unlike some people here.

    I'm Sorry Davette but this conversation can serve no purpose goodbye.

    Col :^0 :^0

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    Jaqui

    it's that you been infected with the free software / open source software spirit Col.

    you can't help but to help.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    That's probably correct.

    When I used to bash out code I gave most of it away. It was far easier to do that than train others to write the same thing.

    But on a more serious note we all got a lot of help in the early days and we all have to Pay it Forward so if nothing else we have a quieter life.

    Or maybe it's just because I used to run training classes so in some perverted sort of way I used to teach. Perhaps I just can not break the habit.

    Col

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    Slayer_

    Here, geeks are cool. Those highschool jocks, I see em every few days, they bag my groceries!

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    and

    Jaqui

    them doing stuff for you is new ... how?

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    Slayer_

    nt

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    ms09nk

    Thanks for the insight, this seems to be quite a unique community.

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    Jaqui

    and gmail doesn't like your email address.

    so here, something to consider when you check the responses from TR members.

    We only started having a Moderator on the site 2/3 years ago. Both of them came from the membership. We tend to be self policing on TR, and the moderator was actually only added for deleting the "spam" posts. where people post large posts of links to sell items.

    In general, if someone new picks a fight with anyone who has been around for a while, they have the entire active membership on their case. We tend to see ourselves as an extended family.

    It truly is a unique online community.

    Jaqui

    p.s. some members seem to like to pick fights with new members, just ignore them.

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    ms09nk

    Thanks for the insight into the forum's situation with moderators, it's been taken on board.

    I agree, this online community truly is unique. I seem to have somehow offended a member or two by posting my invitation to the survey and I am now having to defend my research intentions from a a plethora of false accusations (or misunderstandings?).

    Thanks for the tip.

    Nikita

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    neilb@uk

    We're just a suspicious lot. You only got your form filled in by me because I've been to Coventry and I feel sorry for you.



    Unfortunately, I'm a long-time Sky Blue's fan.

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    ms09nk

    Thanks. Not a big fan of Coventry myself (FC or otherwise), but did give it a go last game of last season, when they lost 4-0 to Watford. Not setting foot at the Ricoh Arena again.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    he got a real caning wanting people to work in South Africa.

    Seems that the same people who gave him a hard time all those years ago are now extolling the virtue of that product. :^0

    so this bit in your post We're just a suspicious lot. seems a bit of a understatement. :^0

    Col

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    Jaqui

    of the work of our beloved moderators.
    http://techrepublic.com.com/5213-6257-0.html?id=6497838&tag=results;CR56

    he joined and started posting long product lists with links to generate sales.
    so now we';; just watch for his posts and tag em spam with the magic button, and they go away.

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    ms09nk

    By now, I hope to have convinced the community that I'm not one of the bad guys (like heebee123). Just an innocent MSc student here. Perhaps I should have come up with a more trustworthy username than ms09nk?

    In fact, I even feel that I've contributed a little back to the community by creating quite a lively and entertaining-to-read discussion thread :)

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    santeewelding

    You are going to run away from what was and join the circus?

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    ms09nk

    No.

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    santeewelding

    The Re: shilt.

    By it, you increasingly convince me you proceed by means of template thinking, much in the way you presented your thesis.

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    ms09nk

    Oops, another unimaginative reply title.

    You must be right. I'm a template thinker.

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    santeewelding

    I dismiss you out of hand for a singularly unimaginative reply.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Some of us are more included to stick a toe in the water than just jumping in blindly.

    If the other person you're worried about offending was santeewelding, don't be. That's just his way of saying hello.

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    Jellimonsta

    I feel this thread may have been all the more colorful with responses from OM and Scummy. Makes me miss them more so.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Most threads.

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    AV .

    Click on the link, help me out and I might be in a drawing for an Amazon voucher? Woo Hoo!

    I wouldn't click on your link ever Nikita, member since today. Your post looks like a million other spam emails that I just delete.

    AV

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    ms09nk

    Unfortunately I cannot provide you with any solid proof other than my own words. I am an MSc student collecting responses for my survey, of which I have so far collected just under 170 in four online communities.

    It is up to you whether to believe me or not. If you don't believe the above, and regard my post as spam, then delete the post, delete my user account and I will look to complete my respondent quota in other, less distrustful communities.

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    santeewelding

    Now, you have gone and done it.

    I prefer to think of my fellows here as exercising ribald intellect.

    This is unknown where you are?

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    Jaqui

    you mean that you never realized we are a distrustful group of people?

    or as I like to put it:
    We trust everyone implicitly, to be out to screw us over.

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    santeewelding

    That even you, Jaqui -- possibly the least among us -- do not fit into the mold of trust.

    "Trust" is that which marketers and their ilk study intensively at university, relying heavily on 18-20 year-old-something subjects, like an ingrown toenail of intellect, to extrapolate to adults at large.

    I am not one of them.

    Looking around here, I am hard-pressed to see any others.

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    He's not only been hanging around, he's been active–definitely not your typical spammer.

    I took the survey, but declined the $/£/€ incentive. The survey was a bit repetitive, but I suspect that has more to do with statistical accuracy than anything else.

    The only lack I noticed was a provision for respondent comments. Not a problem. If he continues to monitor this discussion, he'll get an earful. And maybe even a few usable quotes.

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    AV .

    I know he has been responding to people and I'm willing to help students out with their research, but I'm just paranoid when I see the classic spam phrases like "click on the link" and you'll get whatever for your participation.

    I immediately go into Warning Will Robinson mode. I just can't help it. If I ever clicked on his link I'd have to scan my PC with every malware tool I have or I wouldn't be able to sleep that night. :_|

    AV

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    AV you mean to say that you don't do this anyway?

    You can not be anywhere near as Paranoid as I am then, I do a entire scan at least once a day with the heavy duty stuff and that is just for visiting TR. It gets much worse when I go to sites that I don't know.

    Once upon a Time a Shrink suggested that I didn't trust anyone at all and I should work on that. I just replied that Trust isn't the point here You have the infection not me and I'm the one that you called to fix the mess that you made.

    But none the less I trust the Web Implicitly to Screw Me Over at every chance.

    He tried to section me but first he wanted me to fix his computer. Apparently some people think that the Web is Safe. :^0 :^0

    Col

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    AV .

    I just don't scan with every malware program out there daily unless I clicked on something suspicious.

    I trust the web as much as you do. Hence, I'm ready for a padded room.

    AV

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    bergenfx

    ... you must be having fun. I am, reading the jibes, barbs, local customs. Almost like a Stephen King movie; (I think he writes books, too). Maybe, next time, you should bring along an anthropologist and do a field study.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    is Social Science heaven.

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    Jaqui

    it's a mental asylum with voluntary residents.

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    bergenfx

    as Nurse Ratched

    edit for spelling

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    santeewelding

    How the **** are you?

    And, who the **** are you?

    Seems I knew once in a way someone up by your way. You wouldn't be him, would you?

    Regardless, you handle yourself -- and I enjoy you -- well.

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    bergenfx

    "How the **** are you?"

    I'm good most days, thanks for asking.

    "And, who the **** are you?"

    You do ask the tough ones, don't you? I'll let you know when I discover the answer. If you mean what do I do, (a much easier question) ... Our first house was out in the country, in the woods. Every day, when we were building it I would pass a place. First I noticed they were selling pumpkins. A few weeks later it was squash and maize. Then it was Christmas trees, and then wood burning stoves, and then hot tubs and then quilts ... It was always something different and often many things at once. I thought that was kind of cool ... a very different economy from urban life. Well, that is kind of what I do now, only not quite so close to the earth. I obviously have an IT background and take opportunities in that when there is occasion. Sorry for the overly long answer, but you can't ask that kind of question and expect otherwise ... that is unless I gave you some kind of zen answer like, I am the fire that quenches the thirst.

    "Seems I knew once in a way someone up by your way. You wouldn't be him, would you?"

    Probably not. You would remember me. If you were wearing your asbestos shorts, I would have bugged you with questions about welding till you escaped out of the side exit. One of a few regrets, never having learned to weld.

    "Regardless, you handle yourself -- and I enjoy you -- well."

    I appreciate that. You are kind of like the Greek Chorus for TR, (not exactly that, but it is as close as I can come to a description), and I enjoy that.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    It's not a Black Art like IT.

    It's pretty straight forward. Take into account the type of Metal use the approbate device to join 2 or more bits of metal together. Be that a Stick Welder, Mig, Tig Oxy or whatever.

    Running a bead with a Stick welder is relatively easy it just takes a bit of practice.

    The others are a bit more involved and you have to take into account the thickness of the material and what you want/need to do but with a bit of practice anyone can do it. Well almost anyone as I once ran across a guy who couldn't be taught how to use a Screwdriver but he is the exception.

    However I also say the same thing about IT with enough practice anyone can do it. :^0

    Col

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    We are all Sectioned but we don't mind because

    WE RUN THE ASYLUM.

    After all if we where voluntary we could leave any time we want to and as no one wants to leave we are stuck here.

    We have however made it into a fun place so why would we want to leave now?

    Col

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    It will reported as spam.
    Just to give you a heads up.
    I am not into any kind of marketing (unless it is on my terms) of any kind. So for your question paper you will have to use your own brain to fathom out the answers. Some answers can not be answered by your paper, the answer is inside yourself, not by others. You have a paper to do, so go and do it, do not ask us to help you out while you sit back with the answers rolling in because you are too stupid/lazy/tired to fill in the answers yourself. What do they teach at school now-a-days, "How to do a questionnaire"? Go to a library and read some books on the subject in hand for your thesis.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    But in this case your Own Brain can not give you the answers. It is asking how people relate on Specialized Web Sites like TR so how can any single person know the answer for that type of question without asking others?

    It's like the Mech Engineer doing a Thesis on Turbo Charged Boxer Engines without doing any Research.

    With all Uni Type Papers particularly Dissertations and the like Research is the key to it all. Also the fact that these things end up as Public Domain most times also means that it's free to anyone who cares to look and read when it's eventually finished.

    Of course you do have to know where to look. :^0

    Col

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    CharlieSpencer

    The survey is very generic and not TR-specific. What other sites are you posting this to?

    Hey, PTBs, you cool with this?

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    santeewelding

    Pure marketing.

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    CharlieSpencer

    On-line survey services? The first page of the survey wasn't pushing anything. It looks harmless, but something didn't give me warm fuzzies.

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    ms09nk

    I can promise you that I am not marketing anything other than my own academic survey. My research is purely academic and needless to say, there are absolutely no commercial intentions involved. My only intention is to do well in my dissertation and contribute new, valuable insights to academic literature.

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    santeewelding

    Absolutely none, you said, including the Amazon vouchers.

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    ms09nk

    That is correct, there are absolutely no commercial intentions.

    The sole purpose of the Amazon vouchers is to serve as an incentive for potential participants, and as a thank you for taking the time and effort to participate. If I had the necessary financial resources, I would give every participant an Amazon voucher in return, however in reality this is not possible, hence the five voucher prize draw.

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    santeewelding

    Your exclamation that, "My degree depends on this survey!"

    Which is to say, on the kindness of strangers alone? Your own work to this point, not?

    Does the exclamation fall in line with your repeated assertions about needing to adhere faithfully to academic parameters?

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    ms09nk

    Would you kindly clarify as to what exactly you are implying your post?

    The central and most important piece of my Masters degree, (besides exams, essays, presentations etc), is the dissertation, this also being the last stage of the course. In turn, the central part of my dissertation is the survey. As is the case with most surveys that I've come across, my survey inevitably depends on the kindness of strangers, as you correctly put. Therefore at this point, my degree very much depends on the kindness of strangers, as, simply put: no responses => no data => no dissertation => no degree.

    I am not sure how this relates to 'adherence to academic parameters'.

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    Jaqui

    to TR's baffle them with bull* trap.

    Santee just loves to agitate like that, you can safely ignore him.

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    santeewelding

    I just have. I expanded my original post -- "Pure marketing" -- on two counts: commercialization and exclamation.

    Further, the bullshilt to which Jaqui refers is your own. I've been playing off your terminology: "nature of academic surveys...compromise the validity...fastidious world of academic research...measures invalid".

    I imply nothing. I declare. Yours, so far, amounts to an aside.

    I repeat: where in the fastidious world of academic research do you fit your exclamation point? Where do you fit payment?

    Yours is a business school. Nowadays it's called, "business development"; aka, "marketing".

    Pure marketing.

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    ms09nk

    I have 'reached my maximum message level' so I am posting up the tree.

    @santeewelding: I must have, for some unexplainable reason, personally insulted you by posting an invitation to my survey on the TechRepublic Forums, for I cannot find any other reason why you would be picking on such trivial points as the exclamation mark in my survey invitation.

    I think I have explained myself and my intentions quite clearly. And as I already mentioned, the 'payment', serves as an added incentive for members to participate, this is regularly used in quantitative academic research.

    I am not forcing you or anyone else to take the survey - it is an invitation: if you prefer not to, don't participate. How this could have agitated or offended you is beyond my understanding.

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    santeewelding

    These are unknown to me. Were they known to me, I would have exclaimed so.

    The umbrage is yours.

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    ms09nk

    That I am pleased to hear. Likewise, there is no umbrage on my behalf whatsoever.

    Actually I should thank you, for your posts have helped this thread stay on top of the discussion forums, inadvertently promoting the survey far more than any exclamation marks and cash incentives combined.

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    santeewelding

    My, but you ascribe so much.

    Your defense of thesis is what I had in mind.

    You are unaccustomed to the rigors of challenge?

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    ms09nk

    I understand your point and apologise if the survey if you perceive the survey too generic for the TechRepublic forum.

    The original aspect of my research is that unlike previous studies, it examines professional virtual communities (aka virtual communities of practice). Consequently, I found the TechRepublic discussion forums to be one of the best examples of such communities. I have also offered the survey to members of 4 other professional virtual communities, including Spiceworks.com and WebDeveloper.com.

    Needless to say, I will be happy to provide you with any further information regarding my research.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Most of your questions are multi-part, with at least three sub-questions each, and many appear repetitive (on the first page, questions 8 and 9).

    I reached the second page, saw the number of responses expected, and quit.

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    ms09nk

    I would have loved to make the survey more concise and the questions less repetitive, but unfortunately this is the nature of academic surveys and cutting anything out compromises the validity of my results.

    There are a total of 66 questions, and each one only takes a few seconds to answer. Having been pre-tested multiple times, it took respondents no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

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    neilb@uk

    but declined to leave my email address so the 20 quid isn't going to be mine. Probably a good thing as I'd only spend it on beer.

    I do have to say that a lot of the questions were in blocks that were really very similar within the grouping. Made it a bit tedious.

    :)

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    ms09nk

    Thank you for participating, greatly appreciated.

    I also wish I could have less similar questions within blocks, but in the fastidious world of academic research doing so would make the measures invalid.

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    Jellimonsta

    Completed it too, and tend to agree with the apparent repetitiveness of grouped questions. However, I can understand if there were outlines and expectation placed that necessitated they be so.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The questions where repetitive which is to be expected by Uni Requirements so that was no biggy for me.

    However with all the questions about the
    Moderator Running the site which isn't the case with TR I think that the results may be far from what actually happens here at TR. I've had occasion where I've been giving Technical help to a Moderator off line.

    Also many here give help just because they feel that it's their responsibility to return what they received years ago when they where starting out.

    While they do run into problems and they do expect help from the community at those times occasionally it's not the reason why they offer help to begin with.

    But then again maybe I'm completely wrong and I'm just strange, as it's how I work. :0

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    that you are just strange. :0

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    Jaqui

    .

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    But

    HAL 9000 Moderator

    I still control the Air Locks and run no risk of getting sucked out unlike some people here.

    I'm Sorry Davette but this conversation can serve no purpose goodbye.

    Col :^0 :^0

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    Jaqui

    it's that you been infected with the free software / open source software spirit Col.

    you can't help but to help.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    That's probably correct.

    When I used to bash out code I gave most of it away. It was far easier to do that than train others to write the same thing.

    But on a more serious note we all got a lot of help in the early days and we all have to Pay it Forward so if nothing else we have a quieter life.

    Or maybe it's just because I used to run training classes so in some perverted sort of way I used to teach. Perhaps I just can not break the habit.

    Col

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    Slayer_

    Here, geeks are cool. Those highschool jocks, I see em every few days, they bag my groceries!

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    and

    Jaqui

    them doing stuff for you is new ... how?

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    Slayer_

    nt

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    ms09nk

    Thanks for the insight, this seems to be quite a unique community.

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    Jaqui

    and gmail doesn't like your email address.

    so here, something to consider when you check the responses from TR members.

    We only started having a Moderator on the site 2/3 years ago. Both of them came from the membership. We tend to be self policing on TR, and the moderator was actually only added for deleting the "spam" posts. where people post large posts of links to sell items.

    In general, if someone new picks a fight with anyone who has been around for a while, they have the entire active membership on their case. We tend to see ourselves as an extended family.

    It truly is a unique online community.

    Jaqui

    p.s. some members seem to like to pick fights with new members, just ignore them.

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    ms09nk

    Thanks for the insight into the forum's situation with moderators, it's been taken on board.

    I agree, this online community truly is unique. I seem to have somehow offended a member or two by posting my invitation to the survey and I am now having to defend my research intentions from a a plethora of false accusations (or misunderstandings?).

    Thanks for the tip.

    Nikita

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    neilb@uk

    We're just a suspicious lot. You only got your form filled in by me because I've been to Coventry and I feel sorry for you.



    Unfortunately, I'm a long-time Sky Blue's fan.

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    ms09nk

    Thanks. Not a big fan of Coventry myself (FC or otherwise), but did give it a go last game of last season, when they lost 4-0 to Watford. Not setting foot at the Ricoh Arena again.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    he got a real caning wanting people to work in South Africa.

    Seems that the same people who gave him a hard time all those years ago are now extolling the virtue of that product. :^0

    so this bit in your post We're just a suspicious lot. seems a bit of a understatement. :^0

    Col

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    Jaqui

    of the work of our beloved moderators.
    http://techrepublic.com.com/5213-6257-0.html?id=6497838&tag=results;CR56

    he joined and started posting long product lists with links to generate sales.
    so now we';; just watch for his posts and tag em spam with the magic button, and they go away.

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    ms09nk

    By now, I hope to have convinced the community that I'm not one of the bad guys (like heebee123). Just an innocent MSc student here. Perhaps I should have come up with a more trustworthy username than ms09nk?

    In fact, I even feel that I've contributed a little back to the community by creating quite a lively and entertaining-to-read discussion thread :)

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    santeewelding

    You are going to run away from what was and join the circus?

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    ms09nk

    No.

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    santeewelding

    The Re: shilt.

    By it, you increasingly convince me you proceed by means of template thinking, much in the way you presented your thesis.

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    ms09nk

    Oops, another unimaginative reply title.

    You must be right. I'm a template thinker.

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    santeewelding

    I dismiss you out of hand for a singularly unimaginative reply.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Some of us are more included to stick a toe in the water than just jumping in blindly.

    If the other person you're worried about offending was santeewelding, don't be. That's just his way of saying hello.

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    Jellimonsta

    I feel this thread may have been all the more colorful with responses from OM and Scummy. Makes me miss them more so.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Most threads.

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    AV .

    Click on the link, help me out and I might be in a drawing for an Amazon voucher? Woo Hoo!

    I wouldn't click on your link ever Nikita, member since today. Your post looks like a million other spam emails that I just delete.

    AV

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    ms09nk

    Unfortunately I cannot provide you with any solid proof other than my own words. I am an MSc student collecting responses for my survey, of which I have so far collected just under 170 in four online communities.

    It is up to you whether to believe me or not. If you don't believe the above, and regard my post as spam, then delete the post, delete my user account and I will look to complete my respondent quota in other, less distrustful communities.

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    santeewelding

    Now, you have gone and done it.

    I prefer to think of my fellows here as exercising ribald intellect.

    This is unknown where you are?

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    Jaqui

    you mean that you never realized we are a distrustful group of people?

    or as I like to put it:
    We trust everyone implicitly, to be out to screw us over.

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    santeewelding

    That even you, Jaqui -- possibly the least among us -- do not fit into the mold of trust.

    "Trust" is that which marketers and their ilk study intensively at university, relying heavily on 18-20 year-old-something subjects, like an ingrown toenail of intellect, to extrapolate to adults at large.

    I am not one of them.

    Looking around here, I am hard-pressed to see any others.

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    He's not only been hanging around, he's been active–definitely not your typical spammer.

    I took the survey, but declined the $/£/€ incentive. The survey was a bit repetitive, but I suspect that has more to do with statistical accuracy than anything else.

    The only lack I noticed was a provision for respondent comments. Not a problem. If he continues to monitor this discussion, he'll get an earful. And maybe even a few usable quotes.

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    AV .

    I know he has been responding to people and I'm willing to help students out with their research, but I'm just paranoid when I see the classic spam phrases like "click on the link" and you'll get whatever for your participation.

    I immediately go into Warning Will Robinson mode. I just can't help it. If I ever clicked on his link I'd have to scan my PC with every malware tool I have or I wouldn't be able to sleep that night. :_|

    AV

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    AV you mean to say that you don't do this anyway?

    You can not be anywhere near as Paranoid as I am then, I do a entire scan at least once a day with the heavy duty stuff and that is just for visiting TR. It gets much worse when I go to sites that I don't know.

    Once upon a Time a Shrink suggested that I didn't trust anyone at all and I should work on that. I just replied that Trust isn't the point here You have the infection not me and I'm the one that you called to fix the mess that you made.

    But none the less I trust the Web Implicitly to Screw Me Over at every chance.

    He tried to section me but first he wanted me to fix his computer. Apparently some people think that the Web is Safe. :^0 :^0

    Col

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    AV .

    I just don't scan with every malware program out there daily unless I clicked on something suspicious.

    I trust the web as much as you do. Hence, I'm ready for a padded room.

    AV

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    bergenfx

    ... you must be having fun. I am, reading the jibes, barbs, local customs. Almost like a Stephen King movie; (I think he writes books, too). Maybe, next time, you should bring along an anthropologist and do a field study.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    is Social Science heaven.

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    Jaqui

    it's a mental asylum with voluntary residents.

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    bergenfx

    as Nurse Ratched

    edit for spelling

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    santeewelding

    How the **** are you?

    And, who the **** are you?

    Seems I knew once in a way someone up by your way. You wouldn't be him, would you?

    Regardless, you handle yourself -- and I enjoy you -- well.

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    bergenfx

    "How the **** are you?"

    I'm good most days, thanks for asking.

    "And, who the **** are you?"

    You do ask the tough ones, don't you? I'll let you know when I discover the answer. If you mean what do I do, (a much easier question) ... Our first house was out in the country, in the woods. Every day, when we were building it I would pass a place. First I noticed they were selling pumpkins. A few weeks later it was squash and maize. Then it was Christmas trees, and then wood burning stoves, and then hot tubs and then quilts ... It was always something different and often many things at once. I thought that was kind of cool ... a very different economy from urban life. Well, that is kind of what I do now, only not quite so close to the earth. I obviously have an IT background and take opportunities in that when there is occasion. Sorry for the overly long answer, but you can't ask that kind of question and expect otherwise ... that is unless I gave you some kind of zen answer like, I am the fire that quenches the thirst.

    "Seems I knew once in a way someone up by your way. You wouldn't be him, would you?"

    Probably not. You would remember me. If you were wearing your asbestos shorts, I would have bugged you with questions about welding till you escaped out of the side exit. One of a few regrets, never having learned to weld.

    "Regardless, you handle yourself -- and I enjoy you -- well."

    I appreciate that. You are kind of like the Greek Chorus for TR, (not exactly that, but it is as close as I can come to a description), and I enjoy that.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    It's not a Black Art like IT.

    It's pretty straight forward. Take into account the type of Metal use the approbate device to join 2 or more bits of metal together. Be that a Stick Welder, Mig, Tig Oxy or whatever.

    Running a bead with a Stick welder is relatively easy it just takes a bit of practice.

    The others are a bit more involved and you have to take into account the thickness of the material and what you want/need to do but with a bit of practice anyone can do it. Well almost anyone as I once ran across a guy who couldn't be taught how to use a Screwdriver but he is the exception.

    However I also say the same thing about IT with enough practice anyone can do it. :^0

    Col

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    We are all Sectioned but we don't mind because

    WE RUN THE ASYLUM.

    After all if we where voluntary we could leave any time we want to and as no one wants to leave we are stuck here.

    We have however made it into a fun place so why would we want to leave now?

    Col

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    It will reported as spam.
    Just to give you a heads up.
    I am not into any kind of marketing (unless it is on my terms) of any kind. So for your question paper you will have to use your own brain to fathom out the answers. Some answers can not be answered by your paper, the answer is inside yourself, not by others. You have a paper to do, so go and do it, do not ask us to help you out while you sit back with the answers rolling in because you are too stupid/lazy/tired to fill in the answers yourself. What do they teach at school now-a-days, "How to do a questionnaire"? Go to a library and read some books on the subject in hand for your thesis.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    But in this case your Own Brain can not give you the answers. It is asking how people relate on Specialized Web Sites like TR so how can any single person know the answer for that type of question without asking others?

    It's like the Mech Engineer doing a Thesis on Turbo Charged Boxer Engines without doing any Research.

    With all Uni Type Papers particularly Dissertations and the like Research is the key to it all. Also the fact that these things end up as Public Domain most times also means that it's free to anyone who cares to look and read when it's eventually finished.

    Of course you do have to know where to look. :^0

    Col