Re: Damian's xl file, compiling data on WiA posts
- Dr. Cat wrote that he believes (re: multiple Yahoo IDs
in Webheads), for data collection purposes, the
multiple posts of one person shouldn't be merged and
counted under one name. I disagree. Unless someone
can offer a scientific reason to leave them as
separate units, I think the information is much more..
well, informative, if we know the total posts per
person, no matter what "ID" they were using.
In most cases (this has been evidenced at the start of
both online workshops) people were hesitant to post
personal information to strangers, and chose to keep
their names hidden, using only the Yahoo ID. If and
when individuals felt comfortable, a full name was
attached in place of the ID symbolizing (I hope) a
sign of trust in the group. However, according to
Tom's data collection methods, the mail appeared as if
from a different sender, because his system logged
mail by 'name' and not 'address'.
There were other cases where technical snafus forced a
change of email address, or where convenience dictated
None of these reasons affects the motivation for
posting (or not), so (to my thinking) the data for any
one individual should be combined.
In any event, for most people, this won't make much of
a difference since, as Damian noted, the majority of
posts are from the same 8 people (myself included). I
would very much like to see these numbers change. I
guess I could stop participating :) to lower my
-- (recently I have actually INCREASED the number of
posts, trying to keep clear subject headers, as I use
these when searching the message database).
All joking aside, this is a topic I hope we will, as
one, look into carefully.
Dr. Cat wrote:
Should we have this information? Of course. Should we
have the table
constructed in this way (with posts per ID instead of
person)? Of course. The information we get from this
table is very
interesting and important in research. Should we also
have a table that
combines the posts per physical person (not user-id)?
No, I don't think
so. If a person wants that type of information, they
can use the
information on the table to answer that question.
"What's past is prologue."
-- W. Shakespeare, The Tempest
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