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Title of Research: Fostering Communication in Blogosphere. A Study on the Morality Behind Comments and Comment Policies on Feminist Blogs

Researchers: Meng Liu


IRB number  14E167
                                                                                                                                                       
You are being asked to participate in my research project on comment policies in feminist blogs.  For you to be able to decide whether you want to participate in this project, you should understand what the project is about, as well as the possible risks and benefits in order to make an informed decision.  This process is known as informed consent.  This form describes the purpose, procedures, possible benefits, and risks.  It also explains how your personal information will be used and protected.  Once you have read this form and your questions about the study are answered, you will be asked to check the “I agree” box. This will allow your participation in this study.   


Explanation of Study

     This study will focus on comment policies in feminist blogs — to see how the monitoring of feedback in the comment sections reflects the ethical norms bloggers endorse. I will analyze the ethical implications in their comment policies and find answers to how and why bloggers draft comment policies.
 
     If you agree to participate, you will be asked to take a web-based survey and answer 13 multiple choice questions.
 
     You should not participate in this study if you are below the age of 18 or if you don’t host a feminist blog
 
     Your participation in the study will last for about 15 minutes.

  
Risks and Discomforts

No risks or discomforts are anticipated

Benefits

For you as a participant, it may help you to moderate the comment section more efficiently and maintain a civil commenting atmosphere in the community. It will also help in raising ethical awareness in society.
 
This study is important to science and society because the scientific community will gain an additional understanding of the ethical dimensions of comment policies in blogs, a field that has not been studied much before. The blogging community will learn more about the role of comment policy and its impact of regulating commenting behaviors.
 
Compensation 
As compensation for your time/effort, each participants will be:
1) rewarded with a copy of the study as an incentive
2) become part of a raffle with 5 Amazon gift cards ($10 each).  An individual participant’s odds of winning will be 1 out of 20.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact meng.somosnovios@gmail.com
 
By checking the “I agree” box, you understand and agree that you have read this consent form you are 18 years of age or older your participation in this research is completely voluntary the data collected from your answer to this survey are anonymous

you can terminate your participation at any point during filling in the questionnaire.