Questionnaire - Help Needed please

**First of sorry if this is not the correct forum to post this in**

**Bit of background, I'm Fergal from Ireland, 22, and currently studying Communications in Creative Multimedia and have a request if any of you would kindly help me**


I'm doing a Virtual Ethnography assignment for a module on my course titled' User Theories' and thought Instructables would be a great online community to research as I've had the enjoyment of using it a few times for college projects.

Side bar: A Virtual Ethnography is the study of people interacting in an online community.

I want to look at why people give up their free time and spend a lot of time and effort to help others with tutorials. I want to also explore hierarchy within the community and see if there is any influential or highly regarded people within the community. Also just general observation of the Instructables community. So if you have time i would appreciate it immensely if you could fill in the short questionnaire below. Would really help me out a lot thanks.

Look forward to hearing back from you all. Thanks!!

1 – What is your age, gender, location?
2 - How often do you visit the forum / post on the forum?
3 - How often do you browse Instructables?
4 - Do you feel the Instructables forum offers a sense of community? How does it differ to a offline Instructables community if any?
5 - Do you find it easier to communicate and voice your opinions online on the forum, than offline face to face?
6 - Does being part of the Instructables forum make you feel a sense of importance ?
7 – Have you ever met anyone from Instructables offline face to face ? [If so elaborate please, how? when? Still talk?]
8 - Do you think there's a downside to communicating online rather than just offline?
9 – What do you think is the best aspect of communicating in the Instructables forum?
10 – Do you communicate with any Instructables members on facebook/twitter or any other messenger? If so how many, how often, in depth conversations or small talk?
11 – How many projects have you made successfully from Instructables
12 – Have you ever subsequently made money from following a instructable and selling on what you made? [examples please/ elaborate]

If any questions dont apply to you, please even just try answer as any feedback / knowledge about the online community will help me greatly!! If you think of anything else that is not mentioned and that would help me, i would also be grateful for this info.

Thanks again,

Fergal McCabe
@Fergal_McCabe
D00125983[at]student[dot]dkit[dot]ie​

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Fergal_14 (author) 3 years ago

I've posted a link to the same questionnaire, only its on surveymonkey for people who'd rather remain anonymous.

Thanks again for taking time out to participate, its appreciated greatly!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QN9HTJ8

Fergal_14 (author) 3 years ago

Would appreciate peoples answers, will only take 2minutes. Fill in below or through survey monkey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QN9HTJ8

1 – 24, Female, United States

2 - A few times a week.
3 - All the time, but I work here.
4 - Given our "be nice" policy there is absolutely a sense that you participate in the community you're not going to regret it. Therefore I absolutely believe there is a community on Instructables. It differs from the offline communities really in terms of size. The maker nights that happen, like the sugru ones that went around, really were just so small. Each individual build night I think was like 10 -12 people. Then they shared it on instructable where anywhere from 200-10,000 people saw it.
5 - No, except in terms of reach. I can't talk to anywhere the number of people that I can reach with just one instructable.
6 - Yes, you get positive feedback for your work. That alone can give you a sense of purpose.
7 – Not yet, but again given that I work here that will probably change.
8 - You never really can know who you're talking to. We also do have issues keeping track of who owns photos. So the question of are you talking to the person who built this or talking to someone who reposted this is valid.
9 – I'm not much of a forum person. But I think on the instructables it's just so amazing to see what people build, and what inspired them.
10 – I work here, so yes.
11 – From the information, oh gee over the years it's probably in the 50's. I've been stalking this website for like 10 years, and I'm an obsessive maker.
12 – Nope
Good luck on your project!

Fergal_14 (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction3 years ago

Thankyou so much MsSweetSatisfaction :)

Kiteman3 years ago


1 – What is your age, gender, location? 46, male, UK
2 - How often do you visit the forum / post on the forum? Very, very often
3 - How often do you browse Instructables? Very, very often

4 - Do you feel the Instructables forum offers a sense of community?
How does it differ to a offline Instructables community if any? Yes. It allows like-minded folk to "meet" across timezones and continents.
5 - Do you find it easier to communicate and voice your opinions online on the forum, than offline face to face? No.
6 - Does being part of the Instructables forum make you feel a sense of importance? No more than any other member of the site. It does feel "significant" being here, though.
7 – Have you ever met anyone from Instructables offline face to face ? [If so elaborate please, how? when? Still talk?] Yes. A group of UK instructablers have gotten together a few times, I was an AiR in 2012 (just before the move to Pier 9), and have met Eric and a few other members in London when he came over for other reasons.
8 - Do you think there's a downside to communicating online rather than just offline? It's hard, sometimes, to convey your full meaning without tone of voice or body language/hand-waving.
9 – What do you think is the best aspect of communicating in the Instructables forum? It means I can chat to people across the planet, and have time to formulate my thoughts before typing (if necessary).

10 – Do you communicate with any Instructables members on
facebook/twitter or any other messenger? If so how many, how often, in
depth conversations or small talk? A little chit-chat with a handful of people via Facebook/Twitter, and quite a bit of more in-depth conversations via email with fellow members of the Community Team, and very in-depth email conversations with a few people who have become friends and confidants via the site.
11 – How many projects have you made successfully from Instructables? Only a handful. I'm afraid I spend more time thinking about my own next projects than following others' work, even though much of it is amazing.

12 – Have you ever subsequently made money from following a
instructable and selling on what you made? [examples please/ elaborate] No, and I wouldn't without the express permission of the author, since most projects are published under a BY-NC-SA license.

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Specific reasons why I put a lot of time into my own projects and the site in general? Because I enjoy doing it. There's an element of showing off, but I also firmly believe that Making (small-scale physical creativity) can be, and is becoming, a positive influence on human society on a global scale. People have always tinkered in sheds, and some of the greatest engineering advances have come from "the back room boys", but mass-manufacture and disposable consumption threatened to kill that off until tinkering in the shed was rebranded Making, and the lone Maker gained the ability collaborate with thousands of like minds through sites like this.

Without sites like this, I would not have been able to express my own creativity, wouldn't have gained the confidence to change careers, and I would be a lot poorer in friends, and I guess a lot of what I do is paying all that back (and on).

Fergal_14 (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Kiteman,

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill this out. Really appreciate it. May have a couple of follow up questions at some stage, once i delve more into research, if you wouldn't mind answering.?

Thanks again,

Fergal
@Fergal_McCabe

Any time - just drop me a PM.

Kiteman3 years ago

Check your PM, and I would be really interested to see a copy of your final paper, if possible.

Oh, and if you're looking to investigate hierarchy and influence, you may want to add some explicit questions about which members responders look up to, follow, or who influence the way they work.

For me, that list would contain, in no specific order, and not limited to (I have a bad memory):

Ewilhelm,

Canida,

Jessyratfink,

Caitlinsdad,

Mrballeng,

Jayefuu,

Lindarose92

emilyvanleemput

SelkeyMoonbeam

Goodhart

kelseymh

gmjhowe

M.C.Langer

Randofo

fungus amungus

Mikeasaurus

Penolopy Bulnick

BrittLiv

AndyGadget

Lithium Rain

Wilgubeast

Scoochmaroo

Carleyy