Hi everybody,

I'm currently writing my thesis in linguistics, on the perception of language use in online communities. Being a long-time Ubuntu user myself, I decided to base my empirical research on the huge and active community that ubuntuforums.org represents.

To do this successfully, I need your help: I developed an online survey and need as many participants from ubuntuforums.org as possible - all of you would be perfect

Link to the survey: http://attitude.openinformation.org/survey/start/
Screencast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-T64MT5Gp8

Spread the word!

More on the survey

My online survey takes 4 Threads from ubuntuforums.org, and I simply want to know what you think about them. For this, all you have to do is to rate the single posts in these threads on a scale, going from "really polite" to "really rude". Additionally you can/should provide a short comment on why you chose a certain point on the scale - and markup the text parts that "triggered" your decision (if possible).

I uploaded a short screencast (~ 3 min) on how to take the survey to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-T64MT5Gp8

Furthermore, the survey:
  • is completely anonymous
  • requires Javascript and Cookies to be enabled
  • takes 15-20 minutes
  • the best thing: you can win an Ubuntu book

One important thing: if you take the survey, please complete it, otherwise I cannot use your results. So hang in there - at the end you can provide your E-mail adress and participate in an Ubuntu book raffle!

Once again, the link to the survey: http://attitude.openinformation.org/survey/start/

More background

My name is Gregor, I'm from Germany, where I study English Linguistics at Bonn University (http://www.linguistics.uni-bonn.de/). You can find my - currently inactive - blog here: http://blog.openinformation.org/index-en.html

I've presented this project to the ubuntuforums.org council to make sure that it is in accordance with the Code of Conduct and in general acceptable for the ubuntuforums.org community. Guys, thanks for your feedback and support!

If you have any questions, just write a post in this thread and ask - I'll be happy to respond.

Thanks a lot for your interest and participation!