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Questions tagged [research]

A tag for questions involving studies of the Stack Exchange data or community.

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Is it possible to get more detailed voting information? [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on Stack Exchange data. It would be helpful for our research to get more detailed information on voting. I understand this is not generally available in the information Stack ...
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Is it allowed to ask developers to complete a scientific survey on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

The title speaks for itself. We will be doing research on software documentation, part of this research consists of a survey targeted at software developers. We would like to reach the developer ...
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Advise users to use archive.org or an archive service to backup their links

Wikipedia advises its editors to backup their citations with an archive service. Editors are also encouraged to add an archive link as a part of each citation, or at least submit the referenced URL ...
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What about the “share-alike” when citing SE in publications?

A lot has been discussed about citations in general, especially attribution. My concern is more with the "share-alike". It is answered here that SE considers the "share-alike" doesn't apply to code. ...
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Is it possible to collect data from SE users to understand their usage of the site?

I wonder if SE supports conducting research by allowing the collection of some data from its users. For example, I want to investigate what characteristics of users determine their behaviors in SE (e....
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Is it OK for a user with a high enough reputation to ignore the rules in “how to ask”?

Is it OK for users with a high enough reputation to ignore the rules because maybe they think their reputation gives them some respect that lower-rep users don't have?
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Are “how to research a company” questions on-topic anywhere on Stack Exchange?

I am researching an advertising company (for a client) to try to figure out how legitimate they are. Beyond their web site and the claims therein, I found 14 Facebook reviews (all at five stars), ...
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Why are questions with obvious answers often upvoted? [duplicate]

To me a good question shows some level of research done before asking the question. However, I have noticed that naive questions where the answer is obvious to the vast majority of us, quickly become "...
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How to find questions with very negative votes? [duplicate]

In relation to How many downvotes for a question are enough?, where the accepted answer said, "If the question is poor and the user is being very lazy, and/or abusive, or even unnecessarily abrupt, I ...
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Where can I ask Stackoverflow users to participate in an academic study?

I'm writing my Master's thesis in Economics and would like to investigate the link between Stackoverflow and salary improvements of its users compared to national averages (by role), as well as run ...
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Is there a way to search for users based on the Facebook ID?

I'm a PhD student at CU-Boulder and am interested in using some data from the Stack Exchange Network to analyze how user Big 5 Personality traits influence network characteristics. The best way for me ...
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Should we upvote questions without research effort?

(There are many questions on the topic but my questions is not the same as the others. Scroll to the bottom to see more) There are many questions over all the exchange sites that are very short and ...
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Why do we require “research effort”? [duplicate]

I think consensus is that we want StackExchange to be the go-to place for any question anyone may ever have, as long as this question is on-topic for the specific SE domain. People often mention that ...
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What keeps users from becoming more active in the SE community (or online Q&A in general)?

According to this research article about Stack Overflow, users were classified as: Community activists – registered, contribute regularly Shooting stars – a burst of high activity followed by a low ...
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dump time stamps of views and votes

I was told by team@stackoverflow.com to try to post the following as a feature-request. I'm a scientist, and a few colleagues and I are interested in how networks of tagged knowledge units(bits) ...
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Are there any academic articles that deal directly with the psychology / sociology of Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Are there any academic articles that deal directly with the psychology / sociology of Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange? I was trying to google this to see if there's any academic talk, but I didn't ...
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Correlation between Good Questions and Good Answers (research post)

Thanks to large amount of meta-data available on the SE network, data mining seems to be a popular activity, so much so that it was a sponsored activity on Kaggle awhile back. No surprise then that ...
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statistics on the questions/answers/user accounts removal

Is there some kind of statistics on the questions/answers/user accounts removal on Stack Overflow? As a researcher I would like to consider the Stack Overflow data dump as a representation of the ...
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Academic research surveys: knowledge sharing in R and self-representation on Stack Overflow [closed]

As a follow up to a positive reception of academic research by the StackOverflow community, I would like to invite you to participate in two academic surveys: Knowledge sharing in R, and Self-...
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Academic studies and Stack Overflow community

Together with a number of colleagues (UC Davis, Polytech'Nantes, Brunel U, Eindhoven U of Technology) we are working on a series of research studies related to Stack Overflow. While I do understand ...
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What is your primary use for the user profile page? It's getting a redesign

We are currently in the process of rethinking this page, and one of the goals is to make it much easier to do the first one or two most common actions on this page. I've been doing quite a bit of ...
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Add “Required/strongly asked research effort” to the standard FAQ

I think the fact that we requre/strongly ask OPs to provide evident research effort prior to asking is sort of an written rule. It's really embedded in the minds of the users that have been using the ...
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research question about a 'holiday-planning' system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange do I post in? I am looking into implementing a 'holiday-planning' service, which would basically involve users filling up a ...
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Asking questions and then putting the answers in research

Is it OK for someone to put answers from stackoverflow into research? For example, if I'm doing research on something and I don't know how to get through a math equation, is it considered acceptable ...
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What are participation rates for Stack Overflows “was this post useful to you” button?

I just asked this question on stackexchange (webmasters) and @danlefree suggested that I try asking meta if it was possible to access some general statistics (even partial) about how high a % of ...
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Gender, Representativeness and Reputation in Stack Overflow [closed]

As a part of an on-going research effort on the impact of collaboration sites on the developers community, we would like to understand the demographics of Stack Overflow participants and their ...
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How to count the number of active users on SO or other SE communities?

I am looking for a way to measure the number of active users on the system over time. I am mostly interested about StackOverflow, but this may also apply to the other SE sites as well, as I find it ...
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Academic papers using Stack Exchange data

As a result of being interested in Stack Overflow data myself, the need arose to track other Stack Overflow-based research. The following is an attempt to list the academic papers mentioning Stack ...
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Repository of SO-based academic papers [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student involved in research based on StackOverflow data. In doing so I am of course very interested in related work about SO. However, there seems to be no centralised place where ...
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Mining information from Stackoverflow data

Context Developers responsible for the [your favourite programming language] (YFPL) component in your software system have just left the project. How difficult is it to replace them by other ...
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Clay Shirky's references to Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange at LinuxCon

At LinuxCon North America 2011 Clay Shirky mentioned Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow. In Clay Shirky Says Good Collaboration is Structured Fighting, Joe Brockmeier reported from the ...
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Is there any published research on Stack Overflow in the last 18 months? [duplicate]

A bit over a year ago, there was a blog post about published research involving Stack Overflow. This was also referenced in Is there any academic research going on regarding Stack Exchange? Are ...
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Information (not from SO blogs) about the MVC Architecture of Stack Overflow

I found this link with a similar question but it did not contain the exact awnser I was looking to get: What are the architecture details of Stack Overflow? I came across some lengthy articles on ...
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Code Snippet Section

Is it possible to let users add some valueable code to a section specified by a tag? So if a user with the aid of other users develop some interesting code to do something, when people look for code ...
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Should research level only sites be allowed?

There is a conflict going on with regards to the cstheory site at the moment on area51, that needs to be resolved. cstheory.SE is a research-level only site. It allows only questions that "can be ...
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Is there any academic research going on regarding Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Is there any academic research going on regarding Stack Exchange? I would be interested in helping, if someone is writing a paper.
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Interviewing Stack Overflow users about their use of Stack Overflow

I'm looking to interview a few Stack Overflow users for a study concerning the the process of answering questions online. Specifically, I'd like to hear about their experiences answering, editing and ...
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Could stack overflow be used to recognize learning achievements and skills?

I am interested in using reputation and points systems (like the one used here) to improve how we recognize what people learn and the skills they have. There seems to be a disconnect between the ...
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SE site request: application research [closed]

I love the SO-family sites, and want to suggest a SE site for application research. By that, I mean a site on which individuals, companies and other groups could post information about computer ...
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Designing a low-maintenance moderation system?

If one is to design a site aimed at lots of general users (as opposed to targeting a focused group, for example programmers), what would be a good algorithm/design for moderating discussions/comments ...
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Principles driving the community-driven and behavioral use of Stack Overflow

Joel and Jeff from time to time reference the social research backing their design decisions for Stack Overflow. Specifically I remember in one of the podcasts where they mentioned that time and again,...
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Is it okay to ask a question looking for research publications?

Is it okay to ask a question on StackOverflow that looks for information on research publications (in the field of software of course)? These may not necessarily a programming question, but they do ...
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Stackoverflow Language Research [closed]

I recently asked a SO question about language productivity. What emerged from the question was that there really was not much good research into the topic of language productivity and that any ...
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Measure user diversity

I was wondering what the diversity of knowledge of SO users would be like. It seems like an interesting research idea to see how many people have responded only to questions in a very narrow field, ...
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Voting patterns - do people tend to “strategically” avoid up-voting people with similar rep?

I am somewhat ignorant of how/if voting data on SO can be mined, so I was wondering if it's possible to run a search of voting patterns to see if people tend to up-vote less when the author is in ...
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Bookmark/Mark as unread

In the interest of people using SO as a research resource/tool it would be good to be able to mark questions as "unread" instead of just star them. That way you can work through your list of "unread" ...
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To Google or not to Google…Complexity of SO questions?

Since I discovered Stack Overflow, it has been excellent resource for answering program-related questions. Lately, I actually find myself coming here before doing a google search to even answer the ...
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What is the best way to find questions to old answers?

Dyslexic I am not. I just want to know the best way to find previous questions that may answer mine (on SO). I try to search but I tend to get too many irrelevant results. What's your best method ...