Follow the (slash) dot: effects of feedback on new members in an online community

  title={Follow the (slash) dot: effects of feedback on new members in an online community},
  author={Cliff Lampe and Erik W. Johnston},
Many virtual communities involve ongoing discussions, with large numbers of users and established, if implicit rules for participation. As new users enter communities like this, both they and existing members benefit when new users learn the standards for participation. Slashdot is a news and discussion site that has developed a system of distributed moderation to provide feedback about the value of posts on their site. This study examines three explanations for how new users learn to… CONTINUE READING
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