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posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 09:55 PM
Hi there,
My name is Ben and I’m a Sociology student at a University of London college.

I’m doing a dissertation, and have basically chosen to focus my research on online communities, particularly concerning conspiracy theory. In essence the main questions I want to answer are whether certain knowledge types are stigmatised by society, whether this forces people into alternative, emergent technologies, and whether these people then form strong new communities through this transitory experience. Personally I find the idea of the internet hosting communities hugely interesting, carrying some important implications for the future of sociology at the very least.

I have a ….fairly…. short time to undertake this research (2 weeks I’ve left it very late), so would really be grateful for anyone who wants to respond. For those lucky few, I have a 19- question open-ended questionnaire (fun I know). You can write as much or as little as you like for these questions, although obviously the more the better for the quality of my data. I’ll post the questions here but perhaps you would prefer if you send responses via private message, or you can simply respond in this thread.

I can refer to you in my study by your username, or you can remain anonymous, whichever you prefer. Also if anyone wants to sift through 10,000 words of dull academic research then feel free to request a final copy!

Thanks a lot guys,

1. How long have you been a member of
2. Would you consider yourself an active member of the forum? How regularly do you post?
3. Have you developed an offline relationship of any kind with any other members? Did you meet on this forum or online?
4. To what regularity do you begin topics/posts?
5. Do you seek out topics by author or subject?
6. Do you recognise some members (even if you do not interact directly with them)?
7. Do you engage in regular correspondence with specific other members? If so do you seek out posts by them or are your interactions merely based on proximity of interest?
8. Do you feel you can speak your mind on conspiracy/esoteric/ATS related topics more comfortably online?
9. Or do you openly extend your views on any of these topics into your offline life?
10. If so do these extensions reach merely those close to your or in fact even to, for instance, casual acquaintances?
11. Do you feel that your views (if they are indeed what you would define as “alternative”) make you a target of prejudice from other people?
12. Do you feel as if there are taboo topics that even on ATS are considered “marginal”? “Marginal” meaning in this context views that are generally rejected by the forum at large.
13. Do you have a wide range of interest in the forums or do you focus on a limited number of topics that hold resonance for you personally?
14. Is ATS your only source of non-mainstream information and news? For example, radio, T.V. elsewhere on the internet?
15. Has using the forum had an impact on your offline life? If so how?
16. Why did you decide to join the forum originally? (e.g. purely for information, to find like-minded people, even to avoid social stigmas)
17. Do you use the internet regularly in general? For example over the Global average of 16 hours per month? Over the US average of 32 hours per month?
18. Do you consider the forum to have a set of etiquettes that it is “proper” to follow? (via Terms & Conditions or unwritten, merely in social interaction?)
19. If so, do you feel there are members who you feel wield authority over these unwritten etiquettes? (ie moderators, respected posters).

P.S. if any of my questions are unclear, or you just have any general questions, feel free to ask! Thanks again

posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 10:18 PM
I can understand that you are new so...

This is a conspiracy driven website and those questions are going to put you right in the middle of it.
The first conclusion for your dissertation is that many of these are NOT questions to ask members on a Conspiracy driven website.

And you should wait to have 20 posts before doing it anyways...T&C and all that stuff.

Oh yeah....Welcome!


edit on 18-4-2013 by jude11 because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 10:42 PM
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John Doe


but i won't answer the rest because it' s too personal.


posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 09:14 PM
check yer PM.

i have charity for the academic researcher.

welcome to ATS.

posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 09:19 PM
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Hi StudentType, and welcome to the Introductions Forum, a place to say hello to the ATS community.

Please review the link below, after which you are more than weolcome to make a new introduction thread if you wish.

The Introduction Forum is for introductions To tell something about you; not to start a thread about a topic.“Intro threads” that are really “topic threads” will be removed.
Please Review, Welcome to ATS, it’s time to introduce yourself.

Try our Ask ATS with the search words of your choice.

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