My name is Randall Livingstone, and I am an en.wikipedian and faculty member at Endicott College (Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.) I have spent the last two years researching bots on WP/WM projects (primarily en.wikipedia), and I have recently been chatting with bot operators who work on non-English language versions of the encyclopedia and other WM projects. Thank you to everyone who has given his or her time and expertise on bots, bot policies, and bot communities on the sites.
I am still looking for more participants to chat with about their work and experiences with bots and automated tools on WP/WM (IRC, Skype, Gchat, email, or whatever works for you). If you operate a bot, contribute to the approval of bots on your local project, participate in discussions and policy-making around bots, or have any similar experiences, I'd love to chat with you. Online chats usually last between 30-60 minutes and can be scheduled at a time convenient for you. Please note, I am only able to correspond in English.
If you are interested in participating, feel free to email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a message for me on my en.wp Talk page. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
School of Communication
WP User: UOJComm
You can learn more about me and download my dissertation here.
This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards at both the University of Oregon and Endicott College. (Feel free to request a copy of those protocols).