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

Warren Allen wsa25 at drexel.edu
Thu Jun 4 05:04:21 PDT 2009

Ruth, if you haven't already discovered them, you might find some
value ethics-wise in the following:

Bruckman, A. (2006). Teaching Students to Study Online Communities
Ethically. Journal of Information Ethics, 15(2), 82-98.

Hudson, J. M., & Bruckman, A. (2004). " Go Away": Participant
Objections to Being Studied and the Ethics of Chatroom Research. The
Information Society, 20(2), 127-139.


On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 3:47 AM, ruth <ruth at ruthdeller.co.uk> wrote:
>  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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Warren Allen
Drexel iSchool Research Assistant
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