Invitation to participate to a survey of KDE contributors

Matthias Studer Matthias.Studer at
Tue Aug 15 14:43:46 UTC 2006

Dear all,

I’m currently doing a research in sociology taking KDE as a case study
(including KDevelop). This study addresses the community as a whole
including the translators, the developers, the active users, 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 apologize for person receiving this email multiple times. I sincerely
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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