Invitation to participate to a survey of KDE contributors

Matthias Studer Matthias.Studer at
Tue Aug 15 13:53:36 BST 2006

Dear all,

I’m currently doing a research in sociology taking KDE as a case study.
This study addresses the community as a whole including the translators,
the developers, user helping other users, bug reporter, etc., so we 
invite all contributing persons to answer this questionnaire

Answering this questionnaire takes about 15 minutes only.

After answering the questionnaire, you will receive a graph resuming
your participation and will then be free to post it on our server, if
you so desire (see for an

Thank you very much for your participation!

Matthias Studer
matthias.studer at

I sincerely apologize for posting on multiple mailing list. I also 
apologize for the spammish nature of this e-mail, I don't mean to abuse 
this list.

This study aims to understand the processes of construction of a social
identity in a mature Free/Libre Open Source Software project taking KDE
as a case study. It aims to understand how this social identity evolves
over time and how it is related to a participation trajectory (history
of participation inside the project). We also want to understand the
relation between social identity and more traditional dimensions such as
socio-economic factors, motivation, gift dynamics and Free/Libre Open
Source Software ethics.

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