Wikipedia and Social Dramas interviews


Project Title: Social Dramas of Wikipedia: How Wikipedia’s Core Policies Guide Editors To Resolutions

Researcher: Sara Marks 617-240-0390

You are being asked to participate in a research project conducted by a student from Fitchburg State University. The purpose of this form is to confirm that you gave your informed consent to participate in this project. I will explain to you in detail the purpose of the project, the procedures to be used, and the potential benefits and possible risks of participation. You may ask me any questions you have to help you understand the project. A basic explanation of the project is written below. Please read this explanation and we can discuss any questions you may have.

1. Summary of the research project:
Wikipedia has three core policies: neutral point of view, verifiability and no original research. These policies help editors develop entries and settle disagreements. The goal is to explore edit wars that take place in Wikipedia, how to understand how editors resolve edit wars, and what role the three core policies are used to settle edit wars or other disagreements that come up between editors.

2. Summary of the research methods:
I will be using ethnographic research methods of personal observation and interviewing

3. Confidentiality:
Your responses to the questions will be used in the thesis. I will ask you to include your Wikipedia username and email address if you consent so that we can connect your responses to the data we collect from the Wikipedia entry and so the research can contact you with any follow up questions. Wikipedia usernames, not real names, will be used in the completed thesis. Personal information will be kept confidential.

4. Refusal/Withdrawal:
Your participation is voluntary; you are free to withdraw your participation from this at any time. If you do not want to continue, you can let me know. If you do not click on the "submit" button at the end of this form, your interview will not be included.

5. How the findings will be used:
The results of the study will be used for scholarly purposes only. The results from the study will be presented in educational settings and at professional conferences, and the results might be published in a professional journal in the field of anthropology or communication.

4. Agreement
By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read this information and agree to participate in this research, with the knowledge that you are free to withdraw your participation at any time without penalty. You agree to participate in the research project conducted by Sara Marks as part of her coursework at Fitchburg State University. You give your permission for quotes, audio recordings, pictures or videos to be used and analyzed for research purposes only.
1. Your Wikipedia Username
2. Your email address
3. I have read the above information and consent to being included in this research project.
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