41 posts tagged with research.
Displaying 1 through 41 of 41. Subscribe:

Metafilter, FOR SCIENCE

My abstract for an article about AskMe has been accepted at a conference! [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Aug 3, 2016 - 29 comments

What made you pay? (the study)

Deliberate Barriers to User Participation on MetaFilter (Pileggi, H., Morrison, B., Bruckman, A. 2014) is paper from the Georgia Institute of Technology that addresses the following research questions: Why do people pay $5 to join MetaFilter? How has the monetary barrier to site participation affected the MetaFilter community? The study was announced by the authors in this MetaTalk thread but the resulting paper does not seem to have been linked here.
posted by elgilito on Sep 14, 2015 - 47 comments

Help me find an old comment on diversity in academia

I remember seeing a comment on MetaFilter some years ago, about how letting more women into a social science field led to more discoveries, not simply because of a "more heads = better" effect, but because the women actually found new knowledge by studying a traditionally feminine activity that the men had completely overlooked. I'd love to use this example in advocating for diversity in academia; the only problem is that I simply can't find it any more. [more inside]
posted by a car full of lions on May 20, 2015 - 30 comments

How do *you* pronounce 'MeFi'?

Hi MeFites. After many years of overthinking a plate of beans, I made a thing! I'm pleased to share my PhD dissertation about MetaFilter with you all. A simple question of how we pronounce our own nickname has unfolded into many years of research. This time spent would not have been as enriching or meaningful to me and to the field of sociolinguistics without the support and enthusiasm of my fellow MeFites. I say I made a thing, but really, you made this. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Apr 3, 2015 - 185 comments

Thanks for helping a columnist out.

In my latest column, this comment helped me to write the introduction to a piece I was stuck on while I was on deadline, a few days after it had been made by elgilito. Thank you elgilito for your research, and your French, and thanks Metafilter for being part of my media diet. You are an odd and useful tool in my writing, and an unlooked-for blessing.
posted by Mistress on Jul 31, 2014 - 7 comments

Research on MetaFilter Reading/Posting

Hey guys! I'm a PhD student in Communications and I'm looking for MeFites who might be interested in a short (10min) survey/interview about, well, MeFi - how you came to it, how you make decisions about what to post and read, what kinds of daily habits you have, and so on. Just head to the link here. More details below - but if you're interested, please complete it BEFORE reading/posting comments on this thread! [more inside]
posted by derReisende on Apr 29, 2013 - 87 comments

The Joy of FPPing

To people who have done this; why did you create Front Page Post(s) on MetaFilter? The motivations are interesting in themselves, and may also provide positive reasons for people to cross the rubicon from lurker to poster. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 7, 2012 - 122 comments

How can we improve access to primary research on MetaFilter?

Is there a community consensus about best practices for disseminating subscription-only journal material in threads? Also, what can we do to improve access within the community to primary research? Blasdelb's excellent comment in the Lenski thread prompted me to ask about this. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 8, 2012 - 41 comments

No, YOU'RE saying it wrong!

Iiamkimiam AKA Kim Witten has finally completed her exhaustive research effort in trying to document and determine How Mefites Pronounce Metafilter?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 2, 2012 - 90 comments

2012 MetaFilter Survey & Research Discussion Thread

Hi MeFites! This is the discussion thread for the 2012 MetaFilter Pronunciation Survey, available for 5 days to all logged-in site users. Even if you already took the 2010 survey, it'd be valuable to have you do it again. Additionally, this time around all survey participants will have the option to have a word frequency table of their MetaFilter posting history generated and emailed to them. If you would like to take the 2012 survey, I would ask that you please do so BEFORE you read or participate in the discussion here (as well as before you view the previous MetaTalk thread about the 2010 survey). This is to help ensure that your responses to these survey questions are entirely your own decisions and are not influenced by the opinions of those participating in this thread. If you have already taken the 2012 survey or are not interested in taking the survey but would like to discuss it, please go ahead and do so here. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Aug 22, 2012 - 306 comments

Habeas factus

This post ought not to have been deleted. The reason given: "This post was deleted for the following reason: Seems like an interesting and pretty fucked-up case, but most of the links here seem like they're kind of filler material and if the meat of the post is essentially "read this legal PDF" it might need to be presented a lot more in those terms, or with some good long-form journalism or analysis. Otherwise we've just got folks arguing about rape charges yet again. -- cortex" [more inside]
posted by anigbrowl on May 24, 2012 - 206 comments

What made you pay?

For MeFis that joined after Nov. 17, 2004: what convinced you to pay the $5 upfront fee? Needed for a research project, details inside. [more inside]
posted by bmorrison on Apr 11, 2012 - 144 comments

Killer tools for a killer post?

What are your techniques and tools for making a killer post? I have a desire to start making somewhat regular mefi posts that have lots of substance and links... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Mar 4, 2012 - 56 comments

Please help me collect some meta MeTa Data data. Ta! –Me.

Hi Everybody! I'm trying to come up with a "MeFi glossary of terms / phrases / behaviors" to include in my PhD dissertation about linguistics and MetaFilter. If you could help me with this, that would be fantastic. I'm looking to create a list of the types of things that say to you (or to others) "Oh, that's so MetaFilter!" or "That sounds like something a MeFite would say." This could be anything from the use of a single character to a phrase or meme, to a way of doing things here. If you can think of something to add, please share it in the comments. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 29, 2012 - 331 comments

Notes from the Metafilter research panel at AoIR's 12th conference

So, four mefites collaborated on a Metafilter-themed panel last month at at the Association of Internet Researchers's 12th annual Internet Research conference, and we thought we'd go ahead and share our presentation notes and such. Come on in! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 18, 2011 - 59 comments

Eliminate the impossible yadda yadda Improbable remains

In case you missed it, the webmaster of Improbable Research drops by to talk about the Ig Nobels.
posted by Horselover Phattie on Oct 3, 2011 - 7 comments

Ponies: a comprehensive study in equine requesting practices (MetaFilter, 2011)

What if there was a section of the site dedicated to research projects related to MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on May 1, 2011 - 13 comments

Help a fellow MeFite out by answering a few questions?

I'm a graduate student in library science and am conducting a research study project for one of my classes. Any volunteers interested in participating in a brief email interview about why you like to answer questions on Ask MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Apr 6, 2011 - 79 comments

MetaFilter on the grid

World Community Grid celebrates its sixth birthday today. WCG is a distributed computing project that allows participants to donate unused cycles on their home or business machines, and to designate the scientific project which will use those cycles. Since its inception, the 43,000 members of WCG have processed 110,000 years of donated time and have provided 200 million results to the research teams involved. The MetaFilter team is responsible for slightly more than 8.5 years of donated computer time and about 12,500 results. [more inside]
posted by catlet on Nov 18, 2010 - 5 comments

Thank you, MetaFilter.

This is just a quick post to thank the hundreds of MeFites who helped me with my dissertation research. [more inside]
posted by lewistate on Jul 15, 2010 - 115 comments

Get your chatfilter at Answerbag

AskMe is one of three Q&A sites studied in this new academic article. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 9, 2010 - 48 comments

MetaFilter Poll & Research Discussion Thread

Hi MeFites! This is the discussion thread for the MetaFilter Poll, appearing on the front page of MetaFilter, available for 5 days to logged-in site users. If you would like to take the poll, I would ask that you please do so BEFORE you read or participate in the discussion here. This is to help ensure that your responses to the poll questions are entirely your own decisions and are not influenced by the opinions of those participating in this thread. If you have already taken the poll or are not interested in taking the poll but would like to discuss it, please do so here. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 24, 2010 - 472 comments

Seeking help with my research of online communities

I am writing a dissertation about online communities, and MetaFilter will serve as the primary focus of my research. I need your help to better understand why MetaFilter functions better than so many other online communities. Can you spare 15-30 minutes to complete a short survey to improve our understanding of online communities? [more inside]
posted by lewistate on Oct 20, 2009 - 818 comments

How does it feel to know you're a lab rat?

Exploring the dynamics of blog communities: the case of MetaFilter. Leiser Silva, Lakshmi Goel, Elham Mousavidin. Information Systems Journal. vol 19 no. 1 pp 55-81. 2009.
posted by dersins on May 6, 2009 - 173 comments

Best of MeFi

Where do I find a "best of MeFi" - i.e. collected AskMes as they can be found on the MeFi Wiki? [more inside]
posted by mathiu on Mar 16, 2009 - 34 comments

Detectivefilter

Averyoldworld did research. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Oct 28, 2008 - 60 comments

Carnegie Mellon Study Ranks Most Informative Blogs

Carnegie Mellon Study Ranks the 100 Most Informative Blogs. MetaFilter ranks as #33.
posted by ericb on Oct 30, 2007 - 33 comments

Why did my question get deleted

For what reason did this get deleted? I am interested to hear informed peoples' explanations of the significance of Albert Schweitzer. I'm a little offended that my question got deleted, and with no posted reason. What's the deal, yo?
posted by pelican on Jun 27, 2007 - 51 comments

For want of effort.

Is it worth flagging AskMe questions that seem to have been asked without any attempt by the user to answer the question? They may contain a "legitimate" question, but the user has clearly failed to make the effort prior to posting. I'm asking not in reaction to a specific post, although there was one recently, but just to know if it's worth the effort, and would such questions be likely to be removed?
posted by edgeways on Apr 10, 2007 - 38 comments

HomeworkFilter

Since when is it okay for a user to ask Mefi to do his research for him? (or her) This person wants studies and research as opposed to personal stories... so isn't that just asking us to google it for him/her?
posted by IndigoRain on Nov 26, 2006 - 39 comments

Miguel's next plot line?

Miguel’s AskMe post requesting info on the typical Metafilter user (correct answer: there is no typical Mefi user and a fiction writer would do better with an atypical character anyway) for his teleplay was deleted because it would have been more appropriately posted in MetaTalk. I always suspected that Miguel was here researching for his next novel. What’s your plotline for a Miguel Cardosa novel featuring Metafilter?
posted by TimTypeZed on Oct 12, 2006 - 73 comments

"Capital and Stratification within Virtual Community: A Case Study of Metafilter.com"

After much discussion, debate and support, here my defended (and revised) thesis: "Capital and Stratification within Virtual Community: A Case Study of Metafilter.com". [mi]
posted by Quartermass on Jan 8, 2006 - 134 comments

Ask MeFi made Business Week's Best of the Web list for "Research"

I just realized today that Ask MeFi made Business Week's Best of the Web list for "Research" but I didn't notice in time to have everyone stuff the ballot box on public voting so we got last place. heh.
posted by mathowie on Sep 16, 2005 - 23 comments

Pepsi Blue in a new bottle?

Is this sort of thing just Pepsi Blue in a new bottle? Recently there was an AskMe post about men's shaving products that I know was a case of lazyweb market research (because the poster admitted as much on a certain orange-and-blue-themed site before he posted it), and I didn't say anything then, but I wonder if a) this is more of the same and b) whether the community at large cares if AskMe gets used this way.
posted by briank on Sep 12, 2005 - 12 comments

Why Medical Questions?

Last week, SpecialK wondered aloud on MeTa, "Why do people keep asking medical questions on AskMe?". Here's a Pew Research report that talks about how and why people look for health information online. Also see Eszter Hargittai's Crooked Timber post on this study and another, along with her other posts and writings. (I posted here because it's too narrow-interest for MeFi and is in reponse to an AskMe etiquette question. Also, it's not bitching or a callout.)
posted by Ethereal Bligh on May 19, 2005 - 9 comments

What's the "usual" amount of research involved in an FPP?

How much leg work/research is common for a FPP? I had my first and I admit I didn't do much - as evidenced by the subsequent discussion. I was just happy to find something that came up empty on Search Metafilter.
posted by tvjunkie on Apr 22, 2005 - 15 comments

I will be studying MetaFilter this semester for an e-communities class project

I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information studying human-computer interaction. I am posting this thread to let you know that I will be studying MetaFilter this semester for an e-communities class project. My term paper will describe MetaFilter’s purpose, the technologies used, roles, identifiers and identities, intergroup relations, norms of behavior, and governance mechanisms. For more information about the course, see http://www.si.umich.edu/~presnick/courses/winter03/684/

I will make my findings available at http://www.noor.bz/ecommunities. Feedback would be welcome any time. I have also included information there about how your privacy will be protected.

If you have any concerns about how I am conducting this study, you may contact me by email at nooraz at umich dot edu.

Thank you!
posted by nalihasan on Jan 31, 2005 - 123 comments

Mefi's scholarly value?

"My thesis is on Metafilter..."
This isn't the first reference I've seen to The Blue as an empirical playground for academic discourse. What exactly is Mefi's scholarly value?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jan 29, 2005 - 70 comments

How do you feel weblogs have changed the way that people interact with "news" and "the media?"

Hullo. Hate to bother you all like this, but...

I'm a student currently in the first part of my sophomore year at Northern Kentucky University. In my English class, we were given a very broad research paper, and I decided to narrow mine to weblogs. In particular, one aspect of weblogs: weblogs & the media. So, I'd like anyone who has an opinion on the matter to answer this one question:

How do you feel weblogs have changed the way that people interact with "news" and "the media?"

Thanks for reading this far.
posted by philulrich on Apr 10, 2002 - 31 comments

Help with research

I was thinking about making a post that would compare and contrast US foreign aid to Europe after WWII to Afghanistan and Yugoslavia today. It also got me on the trail of the annual US foreign aid bill that passes each year. However it was next to impossible to find a breakdown of exactly who gets what each year and what the money is spent on. I consider myself a decent Googler, but I'm stumped. Any help out there? Thanks!
posted by chaz on Jan 22, 2002 - 8 comments

From the mists of time....

Let's respect MeFi's past, while looking to chart its future. I've scanned through the archives and pulled up some of the more important threads in my time on MeFi, and I encourage you to do the same.
posted by hijinx on Jul 20, 2001 - 6 comments

Page: 1