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#1 Aug 05 2012 at 10:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi all, I am looking for participants for my research project. I've noticed through a search this comes up often, but I hope this is different enough to encourage you to participate. It can be lengthy depending on your response to how you are associated with griefing, expect an average of 20 minutes to complete. Now the details:

Thesis Title:

Causes, Magnitude and Implications of Griefing in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

medusa.ballarat.edu.au/limesurvey/index.php?sid=44463

My name is Leigh Achterbosch and I am a candidate for the Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Ballarat, Australia. I am inviting you to participate in a study about the act of griefing and its implications in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs). This is one of many invitations posted on various MMORPG and online game forums.

This research will explore the following questions; what are the causes and implications of griefing in MMORPGs, and what magnitude of griefing exists in this genre? The intention is to contribute new research and knowledge about griefing and its sociological impact.

The study will involve an online survey for participants of the ages 16 and above. This survey will cover your experiences as a griefer, a victim of griefing, or witness to the acts of griefing. You are invited to participate by following the link medusa.ballarat.edu.au/limesurvey/index.php?sid=44463 and completing the questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes of your time (You can save and reload unfinished surveys should you require). You will remain anonymous by completing this survey. The online survey will remain open until an appropriate sample size is collected. I will repost here when the survey has closed. At some point in the future when data has been collated and analyzed I will repost with some preliminary results in this forum thread.
I would like to thank you up front for any time you allocate towards this research endeavor.

Yours sincerely,
Leigh Achterbosch
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University of Ballarat, Australia
lachterbosch [AT] ballarat.edu.au (please replace AT with @)

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I just griefed this survey. **** I'm meta.
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My name is Leigh Achterbosch and I am a candidate for the Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Ballarat, Australia.
Socks aren't cool, Ari. tsk, tsk.

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Answered.

For the record, however, you really should've had "enjoyment of the game" as one of the reasons that people play MMORPG's. Just sayin'.
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Friar Bijou wrote:
survey lady wrote:
My name is Leigh Achterbosch and I am a candidate for the Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Ballarat, Australia.
Socks aren't cool, Ari. tsk, tsk.

Edited, Aug 6th 2012 12:24am by Bijou


Survey lady? Ari? What are you talking about? Please fill me in.
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lachto wrote:
Friar Bijou wrote:
survey lady wrote:
My name is Leigh Achterbosch and I am a candidate for the Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Ballarat, Australia.
Socks aren't cool, Ari. tsk, tsk.

Edited, Aug 6th 2012 12:24am by Bijou


Survey lady? Ari? What are you talking about? Please fill me in.
You're survey lady. Ari's a regular poster from Australia. Bijou's making a joke.
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Griefing? Hum, I seem to remember being MPK'd a bunch in the early FFXI days!
Now in World of Tanks? You can get TK'd a bunch!

Survey filled out!

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lachto wrote:
Friar Bijou wrote:
survey lady wrote:
My name is Leigh Achterbosch and I am a candidate for the Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Ballarat, Australia.
Socks aren't cool, Ari. tsk, tsk.

Edited, Aug 6th 2012 12:24am by Bijou


Survey lady? Ari? What are you talking about? Please fill me in.


Who is in charge of your department, to whom would we contact with questions regarding your research?
I want the information here, I don't want to click on the link to find it. ok? thank you! =)



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Do I have the right to withdraw at any point after submitting my survey? How do I contact you to do so? Will I be fully debriefed?
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So at some point, you have to say what things you think are considered griefing, and then later on you have to say which forms of griefing you've been subjected to. I'm confused at this point, because I've been subjected to some things on the list that I don't consider griefing. The question asks "have you been subjected to the following manners of griefing?" so I really don't know how to answer for the ones I don't consider to be griefing. "Have you been subjected to the following actions?" would have been a bit more clear.
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So at some point, you have to say what things you think are considered griefing, and then later on you have to say which forms of griefing you've been subjected to. I'm confused at this point, because I've been subjected to some things on the list that I don't consider griefing. The question asks "have you been subjected to the following manners of griefing?" so I really don't know how to answer for the ones I don't consider to be griefing. "Have you been subjected to the following actions?" would have been a bit more clear.


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Something like that. I was a little confused about what it was that we were considering griefing. The distinction between competitive game-play and hostile behavior seems to have a grey area of sorts.

Edited, Aug 8th 2012 8:11am by someproteinguy
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Do I have the right to withdraw at any point after submitting my survey? How do I contact you to do so? Will I be fully debriefed?

EXACTLY!

How the heck are these "Doctoral" students forgetting this stuff. I learned that crap in undergrad (which makes me lean towards doing research that doesn't involve humans like meta analysis)
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Someone has a bit of an ego. You're a data point, get over yourself.
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Nilatai wrote:
Do I have the right to withdraw at any point after submitting my survey? How do I contact you to do so? Will I be fully debriefed?


Someone has a bit of an ego. You're a data point, get over yourself.


That's probably generous, seeing as this will get likely spammed on 6-7 different boards. Maybe something more like slightly less than 1% of couple of data points that someone draws a line through and uses as evidence to support a narrow-minded theory on eggplant mating rituals or something.

Or something...
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I don't have the exact figures, but it feels like about 33% of all new players who join my Minecraft server do so for no reason other than to try and disrupt the game for others or deliberately damage things that aren't meant to be tampered with.

When they fail to bypass server protections, they infiltrate player made "factions" and grief them from the inside. My ban doubles in size every week it seems.
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I don't have the exact figures, but it feels like about 33% of all new players who join my Minecraft server do so for no reason other than to try and disrupt the game for others or deliberately damage things that aren't meant to be tampered with.

When they fail to bypass server protections, they infiltrate player made "factions" and grief them from the inside. My ban doubles in size every week it seems.

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Do I have the right to withdraw at any point after submitting my survey? How do I contact you to do so? Will I be fully debriefed?


I will answer some questions, in the initial Plain Language Statement it says "You will be implying consent to use any data you provide as you progress through each question." Now most likely I will NOT use data from unfinished surveys as it doesn't tell the whole story, but if you have hit submit it is entered into the database and you have implied consent to use your answers.

Furthermore the statement explains "When analysis is complete, the authors shall provide a written summary of results which can be obtained from the same location in which you obtained access to the survey. If you have any questions, or you would like further information regarding this project please contact the student researcher Leigh Achterbosch, or the Principal Researcher, Dr Charlynn Miller of the School of Science, Information Technology and Engineering – University of Ballarat."

As for

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So at some point, you have to say what things you think are considered griefing, and then later on you have to say which forms of griefing you've been subjected to. I'm confused at this point, because I've been subjected to some things on the list that I don't consider griefing.


You are right I should have stated the second line of questioning as "which in-game actions have you been subjected to". I did run multiple testing phases of the survey and a few things were changed, I wish this was picked up on during testing, as some respondents have disagreed that it IS griefing.
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Do I have the right to withdraw at any point after submitting my survey? How do I contact you to do so? Will I be fully debriefed?


I will answer some questions, in the initial Plain Language Statement it says "You will be implying consent to use any data you provide as you progress through each question." Now most likely I will NOT use data from unfinished surveys as it doesn't tell the whole story, but if you have hit submit it is entered into the database and you have implied consent to use your answers.
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fuck it. I'm just contacting your HREC. You should know better. This is a brilliant idea for a study but the ethics regarding human subjects STILL NEEDS to be followed.

Edited, Aug 8th 2012 11:35pm by niobia
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HREC approved this study including all the interaction with with the respondents, did you read the Plain Language Statement before beginning? I am trying to help, what would you like to happen here?

Edited, Aug 9th 2012 3:27am by lachto
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HREC approved this study including all the interaction with with the respondents, did you read the Plain Language Statement before beginning? I am trying to help, what would you like to happen here?


Can you make her a lawyer? If you can't, and to me it seems very likely that this is the case, then you can't give her what she wants; nor can you stop her from impotently trying to bully you with a cobbled together knowledge of HREC guidelines.

It's best just to tune her out, really.
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HREC approved this study including all the interaction with with the respondents, did you read the Plain Language Statement before beginning? I am trying to help, what would you like to happen here?

Edited, Aug 9th 2012 3:27am by lachto


You are dealing with human subjects which requires "informed consent" . I am sure we can all agree is defined as "A process by which a subject voluntarily confirms his or her willingness to participate in a particular trial, after having been informed of all aspects of the trial that are relevant to the subject's decision to participate. Informed consent is documented by means of a written, signed and dated informed consent form. "
This does not mean, slowly trickling out information, especially the IMPORTANT information such as to whom to contact with questions ( I had to research that myself because you neglected, or intentionally left out your contact information. Who is your HREC, The email address for the other professor etc)

"None of the oral and written information concerning the trial, including the written informed consent form, should contain any language that causes the subject or the subject’s legally acceptable representative to waive or to appear to waive any legal rights, or that releases or appears to release the investigator, the institution, the sponsor, or their agents from liability or negligence."

And, from personal experience, we always have to include the following type of statement "That the subject's participation in the trial is voluntary and that the subject may refuse to participate or withdraw from the trial, at any time, without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled." If there is a chance that we might not be able to fully delete their response, then you explain that.

Here are a few examples of what a proper consent form looks like:
http://www.irb.cornell.edu/forms/sample.htm
http://www.tamusa.tamus.edu/graduatestudies/1sessioncontrolled.doc

Also, since some of the posters here are underage, how will you get their parents permission?

There are human subjects behind the pixels. What you submitted to your HREC, needs to be adhered to. You want to publish, correct?
Some of our posters like Kavekk aren't educated, and won't notice or care if you violate ethics standards regarding human subjects in research (in fact, they, may even encourage it because it amuses them.). But, those of us who are, and do research ourselves, notice and we are the ones asking you for further information not because we want to hurt your feelings but because we want you to do it RIGHT. You are our peer.

Whose to say in 5 years, if you publish, that your information won't shape the way Counselors provide therapy to their clients. I can see some real, viable uses for your data, but I can't use your research as a reference, if you even unknowingly violate human subject research ethics standards.

I'm just a Masters student, explaining to a Doctoral student about research ethics and that feels frustratingly awkward. Does that make sense?


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They won't attempt to. Minors aren't supposed to respond, as the preface makes clear.

It's painfully obvious you didn't even click on the link, niobia. Given the number of words wasted on this baffling crusade of yours, that's pretty ridiculous.
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I guess that makes me uneducated. Needless bureaucracy just seems needless. The survey is anonymous so none of the participants are accountable for anything they answer in the poll. I'm no lawyer or internet wizard, but unless the OP tracks my IP and pulls my name from my ISP (breach of constitutional right to privacy), there's no way in **** I could ever be connected to an anonymous online study. Right?

So what's the big deal? Live a little.
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Someone has a bit of an ego. You're a data point, get over yourself.

Doesn't matter. Ethical guidelines guarantee I have the right to those things. Smiley: schooled


Edit: Regardless, I think this was a very well put together questionnaire. Much better than some I have occasioned to answer in the past. Well done.

However, I still believe there should be a debrief at the end of the survey with your hypothesis and such.

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You are dealing with human subjects which requires "informed consent" .

Here are a few examples of what a proper consent form looks like:
http://www.irb.cornell.edu/forms/sample.htm
http://www.tamusa.tamus.edu/graduatestudies/1sessioncontrolled.doc

This is an anonymous survey, informed consent is not needed and everyone would no longer be anonymous if they are signing documents.

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Also, since some of the posters here are underage, how will you get their parents permission?

Kavekk answered this...
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They won't attempt to. Minors aren't supposed to respond, as the preface makes clear.


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Do I have the right to withdraw at any point after submitting my survey? How do I contact you to do so? Will I be fully debriefed?

Due to the anonymity it would be impossible to work out exactly which response each person is, therefore impossible to withdraw after submission. Debriefing was deemed unneccessary by the researchers and HREC due to the minimal risk to participants.
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No, Ugly, don't you get it?! Someone here is wrong and it's not over until interested parties know who to properly berate.
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Oh for christ's @#%^ing sake.

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(Optional) Sexual orientation – which do you identify with most?

Choose one of the following answers

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Heterosexual
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No answer


Transsexuality is not a sexual orientation. It's completely @#%^ing separate. If you really want to be thorough and sensitive on the matter, it goes in the "gender" section, along with a "no answer" or "prefer not to respond" Smiley: motz

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Transsexual and transgender aren't genders. Transsexuals desire the physical characteristics and the gender role of the opposite ***. Transgendered people are those live out that desire.

According to biology, the human race has two genders: male and female. Chromosomes determine which gender you belong to, regardless of your physical appearance. However, being the ascended people that we are, we allow ourselves to determine our own gender identity within society. As such, a man can be a woman, a woman can be a man, and both can be both man and woman (androgyny). I think it's also possible to be of neither gender ("the third gender"), though I'm not sure how that works.

The easiest way to account for this in a survey would be to allow the participant to answer "other" in the gender field. Or you can do a "male, female, androgynous, other, neither" thing if you want to be more specific.

Point is, being transsexual or transgendered isn't a gender.
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Transgender people (at least the ones I know) Would be more likely to simply mark the gender they are transitioning to, or have transitioned to. So putting Transgender in the gender category wouldn't likely get all that many actual transgendered people to mark it. Mazra, I think that's where the confusion of the "Third Gender" comes from some transgendered people consider themselves the third ***, they have taken on some of the physical characteristics of both sexes, and consider themselves somewhere in between the two (sometimes known as intersexed).

Whereas, Jinte, Transexuality is a sexuality and not a gender, and should remain in the sexuality category.

The main mistake here in this survey, is that they've listed Transexual/Transgender as if they're the same thing.
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Transsexual and transgender aren't genders. Transsexuals desire the physical characteristics and the gender role of the opposite ***. Transgendered people are those live out that desire.

According to biology, the human race has two sexes: male and female. Chromosomes determine which gender you belong to, regardless of your physical appearance. However, being the ascended people that we are, we allow ourselves to determine our own gender identity within society. As such, a man can be a woman, a woman can be a man, and both can be both man and woman (androgyny). I think it's also possible to be of neither gender ("the third gender"), though I'm not sure how that works.

The easiest way to account for this in a survey would be to allow the participant to answer "other" in the gender field. Or you can do a "male, female, androgynous, other, neither" thing if you want to be more specific.

Point is, being transsexual or transgendered isn't a ***.

Fixed for accuracy, because *** != gender. Haven't we already covered this enough times?

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Transgender people (at least the ones I know) Would be more likely to simply mark the gender they are transitioning to, or have transitioned to. So putting Transgender in the gender category wouldn't likely get all that many actual transgendered people to mark it. Mazra, I think that's where the confusion of the "Third Gender" comes from some transgendered people consider themselves the third ***, they have taken on some of the physical characteristics of both sexes, and consider themselves somewhere in between the two (sometimes known as intersexed).

Whereas, Jinte, Transexuality is a sexuality and not a gender, and should remain in the sexuality category.

The main mistake here in this survey, is that they've listed Transexual/Transgender as if they're the same thing.

I'm very well aware that most transpeople wouldn't pick it as a gender option, but at least giving it as a gender option is trying to be accurate. Listing it as a sexual orientation is ignorance masquerading as politeness.
You guys haven't forgotten that I'm trans, right? Not exactly talking out of my ***, here... Smiley: dubious

Edit: for the record, this was more just me getting something out of my system because every time I see someone do that it annoys me. I have no issue with the survey itself, and did fill it out, and I'm not at all trying to derail the thread into a debate about gender ****, but please do not spout that nonsensical PC crap at me, because I've had that discussion so many times, typing my response to it is nearly muscle memory.

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I wonder...

If we turned all survey threads into a more or less unrelated argument, would the survey posters stop coming here? What if we agreed to limit it only to those yahoos from the University of Denver?
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You said Transexual is a gender. It isn't. Transgender, yes. Transexual, no.
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Surely even if you're trans you still fall into "male or female", seeing as it is asking for your gender, not your ***.
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#45 Aug 10 2012 at 6:45 AM Rating: Good
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Lady Jinte wrote:
Fixed for accuracy, because *** != gender. Haven't we already covered this enough times?


I get that gender refers to the person's self-defined role within society while *** refers to the physical characteristics, but according to the dictionary, gender can also refer to a ***. The female gender can mean the female ***. The point I was making was that transgender and transsexualism aren't genders or sexes.

Being transgender means you identify with the opposite ***. Being transsexual means you've acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite ***. It's the act of moving between (or above) the existing genders and sexes (hence the 'trans' part of the words). If you were born a dude and enjoy wearing a dress and lipstick, you're transgender. If you get a boob job, hormone treatment and a snip below, you're transsexual. Your *** (physical characteristics) has been changed from one to the other.

Homosexuality, heterosexuality, bisexuality, etc. refer to sexual feelings or behaviors directed at people belonging to the various sexes. Transsexualism (modern name for it is "gender identity disorder in adults and adolescents") is about wanting to change your ***. You can be transsexual and homosexual or heterosexual at the same time. It's not a reference to one's sexual orientation.

Edited, Aug 10th 2012 2:47pm by Mazra
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#46 Aug 10 2012 at 7:24 AM Rating: Good
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NixNot wrote:
The main mistake here in this survey, is that they've listed Transexual/Transgender as if they're the same thing.
The main mistake in this survey is that it was posted.
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