Field Notes Guidelines
These field notes should serve as a report of some of your experiences
online exploring online communities. Ideally, you'll be reporting on
your experiences with one or two communities over a period of a few
weeks. If this is not possible, perhaps you can report on one or two
online chat or icq experiences. (If you're feeling particularly
adventurous, perhaps experiment with different "identities".)
- Your report should probably be around 3-4 pages types. You
should be sure to include the following:
- Description of the "community" you worked in. Include its name,
URL, who it's targeted for, etc.
- A summary of your interactions. What did you talk about, when,
for how long, with whom. There's no need to be exhaustive, but you
should give a sense of what goes on in your community.
- How is language used -- is there a "local dialect"?
- What classes or groupings of people do you observe? Do male and
female users act similarly? What, if any, evidence of hierarchies do
- Additional comments: Do you think the community functions as a
community? On what basis do you make this judgement? Did you enjoy
your time in the community?
- You should participate in the online community, not just
- Your report need not be a polished essay. Rather, it should be in
the style of field notes -- careful, thoughtful observations about
what you're seeing and participating in.
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