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So this is the part where i need you guys...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by ant75, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. ant75

    ant75 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    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. :D

    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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  2. TheShiningWizard

    TheShiningWizard Because it's more fantastical.

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    PM me and I'll happily do stuff.
     
  3. MP_Lord_Kee

    MP_Lord_Kee New Member

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    Feel free to PM me Ant and set up an interview.

    //K
     
  4. das_ben

    das_ben Concerned.

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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.
     
  5. ant75

    ant75 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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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.
     
  6. Vega-don

    Vega-don arreté pour detention de tomate prohibée

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    you can count on me
     
  7. Nukeproof

    Nukeproof n1

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    Sounds interesting.

    I'll be pretty short on time till mid february but I'm interested to participate.
     
  8. Cap'n Beeb

    Cap'n Beeb Banned

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    Sounds like fun. You can catch me on AIM pretty much around the clock.
     
  9. Philophobos

    Philophobos New Member

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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."
     
  10. Harrm

    Harrm I am watching porns.

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    Ditto. Always up for a few questions.

    --Harrm
     
  11. 5eleven

    5eleven I don't give a f**k, call the Chaplain

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    PM me if you need more participation, I would be happy to help.
     
  12. zeep

    zeep :(

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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.
     
  13. Mappie

    Mappie --Total World Domination--

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    ditto, you the man! andre2k285 = my aim.
     
  14. ant75

    ant75 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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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).
     
  15. Pipe_Dream

    Pipe_Dream 3-time World Champion Bowler

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    I'm too fuct up! But if you want?
     
  16. O_DoGG

    O_DoGG Le Boner

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    you know where to find me if you need me ;)
    Also, get on IM now, I just managed to connect to an unprotected wireless network :)
     
  17. Keganator

    Keganator White as Snow Moderator

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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.
     
  18. Cunubelin

    Cunubelin Absens haeres non erit (Soccerdad)

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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.
     
  19. Harrm

    Harrm I am watching porns.

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    Wholy **** this would be fantastic.

    --Harrm
     
  20. Cap'n Beeb

    Cap'n Beeb Banned

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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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