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What is your experience of using TechRepublic?

By ms09nk ·
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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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RE: Expand?

by ms09nk In reply to Please expand

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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Insulted? Agitated? Offended?

by santeewelding In reply to Please expand

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

The umbrage is yours.

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RE: Insulted? Agitated? Offended?

by ms09nk In reply to Please expand

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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Inadvertantly?

by santeewelding In reply to Please expand

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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More information on my research

by ms09nk In reply to Questions

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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Esitmating almost 100 questions.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to More information on my re ...

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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66, to be precise

by ms09nk In reply to Esitmating almost 100 que ...

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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I completed it

by neilb@uk In reply to More information on my re ...

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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Thanks!

by ms09nk In reply to I completed it

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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Me too

by Jellimonsta In reply to I completed it

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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