Informal In-Game Help Practices in Massive Multiplayer Online Games
In this paper we explore helping behavior of support agents and regular players in browser-based MMORTS/RPG Castlot. Using
chat logs from 12 servers, we analyzed differences between support agents and regular players. We have found that the major in-game verbal help is being provided by players and not by support agents. We have also found that support agents’ helping behavior drops dramatically as a server ages, while regular players preserve helping practice, that is mostly transferred
from public to guild chat channels.
Welcome to the ACM Web Science 2016 Conference. This is the 8th conference of the series and the 6th to be sponsored by ACM through the Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and the Web (SIGWEB). The Conference continues to acknowledge the centrality of the Web as a socially constructed artifact, focusing on the study of information networks, social communities, organizations, applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by theWeb. The conference provides a unique forum for researchers from different backgrounds, with most papers adopting perspectives that bridge between two (or more) disciplines like computer science, economics, education, information science, law, library science, political science and other social sciences, thus fostering and supporting a thriving interdisciplinary community of Web Science.
The LOD Russia research project funded by the Ministry of Education aims to create a first Linked Open Data Set in Russia enabling scientists, researchers and commercial users to share, access, analyse and reuse knowledge related to scientific data. The position paper is highlighting challenges of the life-cycle management of LOD data, especially focuses on the process of entity linking and the creation of a unique identifier (UID) based on the concept of the Identification Knowledge Base (IKB).
The article examines Russian Harry Potter fan fiction as an anthropological source. The analysis focuses on fan fiction as a cultural practice, Russian online communities devoted to the continuation of Harry Potter stories and their common values, reading strategies and practices of writing. Given that Russian Harry Potter fan fiction writers and readers are mostly women, the author pays attention to gender norms as they are represented in fan fiction texts and reading practices. The article explores the central role that individual choice plays in fan fiction axiology, the representations of sex and corresponding problems of the language, the images of family which are produced and discussed in the community and the possibilities that slash as a fictional frame provides for the manifestation of the community’s essential values.
Internet Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field of fundamental and applied research that integrate different research disciplines with a common object, that is the Internet. This review article gives a definition and a brief description of the structure of Internet Studies as part of the social sciences and introduces research agenda of this field, including most cutting edge research issues. The agenda of Internet Studies related to classical sociological issues are analyzed in more detail: inequality, online communities and social capital as well as topics related to the study of transformations in different spheres of society - politics, public health and medicine, education. Two main theoretical approaches are briefly described, within which the influence of the Internet on society is interpreted: the network society theory and critical theory of the Internet and society. We conclude that the present directions of Internet research have many intersections with each other, and the perspective of a more complete study of the mechanisms, that mediate social changes related to the Internet and connect online and offline sociality into a single space, opens at these intersections.
In this paper we explore main patterns of communication and cooperation in online groups created by residents of apartment buildings in St.Petersburg in social networking site “VK”. Using word-frequency analysis and Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) we discovered main discussion topics in online groups. We have also found that communication of neighbors in these groups is predominantly connected with material needs and directed to solve common problems, such as related to building improvement, management company and in-fill constructions near their house. Based on online observations of city activists, we suggest that dynamic nature of SNS allows online community which is dedicated to particular problem to avoid it’s breakdown after the resolution of the original issue.
An approach is suggested to formal evaluation of an online community on the base of lexical analysis of the news feed.