Thanks for your interest, but we have finished the data collection
part of our study. We would like to thank all our participants!
You are being asked to be a volunteer in a research study.
The purpose of this study is to examine Internet online communities.
We hope to learn more about experiences of their participants as well as
Most of the researchers in this study are students in the Online
Communities course taught by Dr. Bruckman. (more information at
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~asb/teaching/). This research
study is part of their educational experience.
There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts in this study. The risks
involved are no greater than those involved in daily activities such as
speaking on the telephone or using e-mail.
Since many of the researchers are students, there is a slight chance that
they will make mistakes or not conduct themselves appropriately during
the interview. If this should happen, please contact Dr. Amy Bruckman
at telephone (404) 894-9222.
You are not likely to benefit in any way from joining this study. However,
participation in this study will contribute to our understanding of this type
There is no compensation for participation.
To protect your confidentiality, your name will not appear in any publications; a pseudonym (a fake name) will be used instead. However, in the case of quotes from things you have done online (such as blog entries, forum posts, etc), this disguise could be vulnerable - a determined and skillful person could potentially break it. Since many online sites are open to the world, search engines (i.e. Google) index them. As such, a person could take a quote and use a search engine to find the actual page, thereby breaking the pseudonym disguise. We do not anticipate that this research will uncover sensitive information, but in case it does, we will omit direct quotes that could be found in a search engine.
The data that is collected about you will be kept private to the extent allowed by law. To make sure that this research is being carried out in the proper way, the Georgia Institute of Technology IRB may review study records. The Office of Human Research Protections may also look at study records.
In the case of electronic communications and web-based consent, you should be aware, however, that the experiment is not being run from a "secure" https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers).
There are no costs to you, except for your time.
If you are injured as a result of being in this study, please contact Dr. Amy
Bruckman at telephone (404) 894-9222. Neither the Principal Investigator nor
Georgia Institute of Technology have made provision for payment of costs
associated with any injury resulting form participation in this study.
I have read and understand this information and agree to participate.
I do not want to participate.