[Air-L] A typology of internet forums?

Robert Ackland robert.ackland at anu.edu.au
Sun Jan 25 17:25:16 PST 2009


I've found the following useful:

Matzat, U. (2004): "Cooperation and Community on the Internet: Past 
Issues and Present Perspectives for Theoretical-Empirical Internet 
Research," Analyse & Kritik, 26, 63-­90.

The author doesn't provide a comprehensive typology of online fora, but 
focuses on a key issue: the conditions under which an online group can 
be considered to be an online community.


Dr Robert Ackland
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Information about the Master of Social Research
(Social Science of the Internet specialisation):

Nils Löber wrote:
> Dear list members,
> in the course of researching for my master's thesis on image board 
> culture (think 4chan, LOLcats, Rickrolling etc.) I have been trying to 
> find literature describing a typology of internet forums and 
> forum-like precursors (BBSes/USENET/...) with respect to formal 
> properties such as moderated vs. unmoderated, anonymous vs. 
> pseudonymous vs. real names, distributed vs. centralized and so on.
> Even though I put quite some effort into finding literature, I 
> couldn't find anything even closely approaching a comprehensive 
> overview/typology. In fact, the wikipedia article on internet forums 
> was as close as I came.
> Can anyone here help me out and point me to relevant sources? Many 
> thanks in advance!
> Best regards
> Nils Loeber
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