Thanks for the interest, and my apologies for the confusion, the main tasks require pairs
to collaborate. Because you need to be able to work at the same times, and to keep things
simple I don’t want to ‘assign’ partnerships – so participants should sign up in pairs.
The relevant part of the signup now reads:
“Please give the name of a colleague or friend who has agreed to participate with you. We
can only send usernames and passwords out once both of you have registered, and identified
you'll be working together.
Please make sure you ask your partner's permission first before giving their name, and
that they know where they need to register. This should be someone you're prepared to
work with, who will also sign up to the study. You don't need to work in the same
location, but you should be able to work at the same time.”
Do let me know if this is still unclear, and I hope you do feel able to signup.
From: education-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Amir E. Aharoni
Sent: 14 May 2014 10:49
To: Wikimedia Education
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Education] Request for participants
This sounds curious, but when I tried to fill the sign-up form it asked me for a name of
another participant. Do I have to find one myself? Either your email didn't make it
clear, or I missed it.
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
2014-05-10 16:33 GMT+03:00 Simon Knight <sjgknight(a)gmail.com>om>:
I umm’d and ahh’d over whether this was an abuse of the mailing list – so my apologies if
you’re of that view (please let me know), and obviously just ignore it!
Essentially, I’m looking for participants to take part in some PhD research, if anyone has
a spare afternoon I’d really appreciate your help (sadly gratitude is all I can offer in
return). The study is of broad relevance to Wikimedians in that it involves collaborating
to find information, and writing a short shared piece based on that information. I can
obviously provide further information particularly after the study is complete.
I’m currently looking for participants to take part in some PhD research. The study is of
broad relevance to Wikimedians in that it involves collaborating to find information
together, and writing a short shared piece based on that information. I thought this
community might be interested in two ways:
1) take part yourself, if anyone has a spare afternoon I’d really appreciate your
help (sadly gratitude is all I can offer in return),
2) working with a student group, the task would be a great task for students
(undergraduates or above) to think about how they work together to find and evaluate
The study involves two collaborative tasks, the first of which involves reading a set of
assigned texts, and the second searching on the web. So to do that:
· It involves downloading and using a firefox addon
· to work with a partner (someone you know, but it’s better if they’re not in the
same location – you can schedule this at your own convenience)
· to read some documents and write a short piece together
There are two tasks (total time 2.5-4 hours) but if you wanted to just sign up to 1 in the
first instance and then decide on the 2nd that’s possible. More information on the
website, so I’ll leave it with you. The research findings would of course be shared back
Your help would be much appreciated!
If you’re interested in signing up, please check out the website at
If you do sign up where your role is asked,
it’d be great if you could put whatever you consider your main role to be, + ‘Wikimedian’
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