[Air-L] Death/Migration of an online community

John Postill jpostill at usa.net
Thu Jun 4 01:31:42 PDT 2009

Hi Ruth

The anthropologist Alexander Knorr (Munich) has done such work among game

There's also an interesting case study from Jonathan Skinner (Queen's Uni
Belfast) about Montserrat residents who had to evacuate the island following a
volcanic eruption and regrouped online, see


Dr John Postill
C3 Research Institute (C3RI)
Furnival Building
153 Arundel Street
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield S1 2NU
United Kingdom

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Received: Thu, 04 Jun 2009 08:48:14 AM BST
From: ruth <ruth at ruthdeller.co.uk>
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Subject: Re: [Air-L] Death/Migration of an online community

> Oh, and I pressed send before asking: has anyone done any research into
> death/migration of online communities already? 
> Thanks 
> R x
>  On Thu , "ruth" ruth at ruthdeller.co.uk sent:
> Hi everyone 
> Yesterday, the owner of a large online fan community that I'm on the
> fringes of announced that he was closing the site, and this has caused a
> lot of uproar as the membership (41,000, with 16,000 active posters) are
> dealing with the news and looking at what to do next).  It'll make a
> fascinating study to look at how the community deals with the transition,
> but I was wondering about the permissions involved for such research: the
> forum rules state posters' words are their own and can't be reproduced
> without their permission, which is fine, but in such cases where there's a
> site owner, is it best practice, or even essential, to go to them first
> and then ask the posters?   
> (The same is likely to apply to the forums they migrate to) 
> Thanks 
> Ruth 
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