I am a faculty member in the Jones school of management at Rice Universityin Houston, Texas (this may be verified using a Google search with “PaulDholakia”, or “Utpal Dholakia”). We are conducting an academic researchproject, studying social interactions online more generally, andspecifically how communities organized around products or brands areformed, from a sociological perspective.
In this regard, we are conducting a survey of people who belong tointernet-based LINUX groups such as mailing lists, websites etc. seekinginformation on different elements of their thoughts, feelings, andmotivations of participating in such groups, and the value of the group tothem…
Our survey is available on the web at the following URL:
Please note that the survey is targeted especially at those individualswho interact with the more-or-less same group of individuals online withinthe mailing list or on some other online forum, that is, those who have online friends that they interact with regularly.
Of course, this research is strictly academic, and has no commercial linksor interests whatsoever. We hope to publish this research in a sociologyjournal.
As a small token of our appreciation for participants’ time, and in thespirit of the philosophy underlying the open-source movement, we willdonate a total of $500 to the five favorite organizations/ groups of ourparticipants’ choice (we ask the participant’s to nominate their favoritegroups in the survey). Of course, the findings of the study will be freelyavailable from my website or via email (upon request) in approximately twomonths.
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