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Old 20th Dec 2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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So this is the part where i need you guys...

Here it goes : i've entered this year in my fourth year of studying sociology at the uni, after which i should hopefully be rewarded with a dregree (well it's not really a degree, it's somewhat of a transitional diploma between bachelor's and master's degree - anyway it's an important step). As my main assignement, i have to write a ~100 pages research paper about a subject i get to choose. Considering that i have to spend more than 8 months reading stuff and investigating on the same subject, it'd better be something i'm interested in and preferably familiar with.

And so i chose to study internet forums.

You'd think that this subject had already been dealt with by thousands of geeky students before me, well it seems to be quite the opposite in fact, at least as far as french sociology is concerned. This has probably a lot to do with the method of investigation : observation is a big part of it, but when it comes to actually getting to know the person behind the screen, it gets trickier. The cool part is indeed that i can explore my research field directly from my home, the bad part being that it's extremely difficult to actually meet the real persons that constitute such a scattered field. Ideally, i should be conducting face-to-face interviews for this kind of study, but as i agreed on with my teacher, this will only be possible in a few cases here. So in most cases i will be interviewing people online.
This brings me to my point : i need people who would agree to answer a few questions and chat about their activity as forum users. I chose the Inf forums as the first place to look into because i've been hanging around here for quite a while, and i think i know most of the members. This at least prevents me a bit from being bullsh*ted by the first aol kiddie looking for online prank thrills. I'll probably be asking on the BuF OT too.

So to be more specific, i'm looking for people to interview online via any possible method : irc, aim, icq or such. The interview has to last at least 2 hours, that's the bare minimum to get an acceptable content using text based communication. Of course the longer the better, and so it's perfectly conceivable to have the conversation reconducted upon several times. There will be some questions about your personnal background, but the conversation will mainly be about your foruming activity, whether it'd be on this forum or anywhere else. I have a very flexible schedule, and i can meet anyone online from 7am (GMT+1) to 4am : tell me when and i'll be there. Please note that i'm looking for people who have at least a 1 year experience of foruming, but it doesn't have to be on the Inf forums necessarily. If any lost old timer happened to drop by, and despite the personnal grievance he may have against what these forums have supposedly turned into, i'd love to hear about their reasons for leaving too.

This is not a call for help, and so i don't wanna sound insistent about it. There's no rush for doing it, the deadline is of about 3 months. If you'd be ok for it but don't have the time right now, just drop me a line and tell me what time would be more convenient for you, and i'll recontact you later on.
In short, if you happen to be bored sometime at work or at home and wanna talk about your internet life, remember that your experience can be of a great interest to me. Just pm me or reply to thread.
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 01:14 AM   #2
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 02:14 AM   #3
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Feel free to PM me Ant and set up an interview.

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Old 21st Dec 2005, 05:52 AM   #4
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I'm in if I can make fun of you studying sociology [personal inside joke]. I won't have much time the coming weeks, but plenty from the second half of January on.
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 06:29 AM   #5
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Wow, already 4 positive replies. Either you guys must really like online pranks, or i slightly underestimated the open-mindedness of the Inf community. Thx a lot, this will definitely give me good grounds to start on. I'll try to get in touch with you before the begining of january.
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 07:02 AM   #6
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 08:23 AM   #7
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Sounds interesting.

I'll be pretty short on time till mid february but I'm interested to participate.
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 10:58 AM   #8
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Sounds like fun. You can catch me on AIM pretty much around the clock.
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 11:01 AM   #9
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I'm in, and if you could send me a copy of the finished paper eventually, that'd be neat too.

I'll have approximately 23 whole gobs of free time next week, so sometime during then would be best.

Heh...I'm planning to be in Paris in mid March for me and my wife's 1 year anniversary. That'd be a hoot: "C'mon, honey, I don't understand why you'd rather be all romantic and crap here in Paris instead of meeting up with Random Internet Guy."
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 11:02 AM   #10
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Ditto. Always up for a few questions.

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Old 21st Dec 2005, 11:35 AM   #11
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PM me if you need more participation, I would be happy to help.
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 01:20 PM   #12
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It's like these people believe you're gonna make them famous ant. hahahaha

Oh and if i can help out, pm me.
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Old 21st Dec 2005, 01:54 PM   #13
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ditto, you the man! andre2k285 = my aim.
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Old 23rd Dec 2005, 06:03 PM   #14
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Thx again to everyone for the replies, i'm quite happy about the spectrum of forumers i got here. I'll make sure to get in touch with each of you sometimes next week. Meanwhile, if any latercomer wants to join the party, there's always room for more (until april).
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Old 23rd Dec 2005, 06:07 PM   #15
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Old 24th Dec 2005, 06:32 AM   #16
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Old 25th Dec 2005, 05:07 PM   #17
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Oh god, just for ****s and giggles, you have to include a whacko like Pipe or Bushwack. Oh, if you can find NTKB, you should interview him too. Would really flesh out your project.

Oh, and if you'd like, pm me sometime and I'd be happy to do it too.
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Old 25th Dec 2005, 05:17 PM   #18
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So you sleep like 3 hours a night.
Well, then, I'll help you stay awake!
Just make me look good and I'll tell you anything you want to hear!

I am just a PM away.
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Old 26th Dec 2005, 08:05 PM   #19
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Oh, if you can find NTKB, you should interview him too.
Wholy **** this would be fantastic.

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Old 26th Dec 2005, 08:09 PM   #20
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Yeah, he'd go on about his MAD TYTE POSSE and how FOR REAL he is. Comedy.
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