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Dear listserv members,
 
My name is Ami Barile.  I represent a group of researchers, from the
University of Oklahoma, working on a project regarding on-line
discussion groups.  We are interested in various aspects of on-line
communication.  Particularly, we would like to know more about messaging
habits.  We invite any listserv users to participate in our survey
regardless of your experience with on-line discussion groups.  Please
help us complete our research by completing the following questionnaire
and emailing it us.
 
Please respond personally to the following address:
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The first part of the survey asks basic questions about subscription
information.  Later questions address messaging habits.  We promise that
all of your responses will be anonymous.  Furthermore, we welcome any
additional comments you have on the topic of listservs.
 
TIA,
Ami L. Barile
University of Oklahoma
 
Complete each of the following questions as accurately as possible.
Where parentheses are provided, insert a character in between the
parentheses to indicate your answer.
 
Subscription Information
1. From which Listserv did you receive this questionnaire?
 
 
2. How long have you been on the listserv from which you received this
post?
        Month(s)/years :
 
3. When did you subscribe to your first listserv?
        Date (mth/year)   :
        Name of Listserv :
 
4. How many listservs are you currently subscribed and receiving mail?
        ( ) 1-3   ( ) 4-6 ( ) 7-9  ( ) 10 and over
 
5.  How many listservs are you currently subscribed but are not
receiving mail?
        ( ) 0   ( ) 1-3   ( ) 4-6 ( ) 7-9  ( ) 10 and over
 
6. How many listservs have you unsubscribed?
        ( ) 0   ( ) 1-3   ( ) 4-6 ( ) 7-9  ( ) 10 and over
 
 
Listserv Habits:
7.  How often do you check your email?
( ) more than once a day
( ) once a day
( ) a few times a week
( ) once a week
( ) less than once a week
 
8.  How often do you post messages to this listserv?
( ) more than once a day
( ) once a day
( ) a few times a week
( ) once a week
( ) once a month
( ) less than once a month
( ) never
 
If you answered "never" to question #8 go to question 15.
 
9.  How often do you use abbreviations in your posts (i.e. TIA for
thanks in advance)?
( ) never   ( ) sometimes   ( ) often   ( ) always
 
10.  How often do you think your messages contain typographical errors?
( ) never   ( ) sometimes   ( ) often   ( ) always
 
11.  What do you believe is your average message length?
( ) less than 10 words per message
( ) 10 to 30 words per message
( ) more than 30 words per message
 
12.  Do you know what flaming is?  ( ) yes ( ) no
 
13.  If yes, have you ever flamed another listserv member? ( ) yes ( )
no
 
14.  If yes, how often do you flame others?
( ) more than once a day
( ) once a day
( ) a few times a week
( ) once a week
( ) once a month
( ) less than once a month
 
15.  Have you ever been flamed by another listserv member?
( ) yes ( ) no ( ) unsure
 
 
For the following questions we define lurking as the act of someone
reading the messages on a listserv without saying anything, as if  they
were "lurking in the shadows" and not being seen.  With this in mind,
please answer questions 16 and 17.
 
16. How long did you lurk on this listserv before joining in the
discussions?
( )  never   ( ) less than one month   ( ) 1-2 months   ( )  over two
months
 
17.  Which of the following best describes your attitude about lurking?
( )  I believe lurking helps people learn the rules and standards of the
group before beginning to respond.
( )  I believe lurking is like eavesdropping.  People should introduce
themselves as soon as they join the discussion group.
 
 
Comments:
 
 
Any questions and/or additional comments should be directed to
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Thank you again for your time.
 
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