My name is Randall Livingstone, and I am a graduate student at the
University of Oregon, currently collecting data for my dissertation on
Wikipedia editors who create and use bots and assisted editing tools, as
well as editors involved in the technical infrastructure of Wikipedia. I
am looking for members of the bot community or MediaWiki developers to
interview regarding their experiences on Wikipedia and opinions of
technical and governance issues on the site. The interview can be conducted
in a manner convenient for you (Gchat, IRC, another IM client, email,
Skype, telephone, or even in-person) and should take approximately 45-60
minutes. I am completely flexible and can work with your schedule.
Your participation will help online communication researchers like me to
better understand the collaborations, challenges, and purposeful work of
Wikipedia editors and programmers like you.
My dissertation project has been approved both by the Institutional Review
Board (IRB) at the University of Oregon, and by the Research Committee at
the Wikimedia Foundation. You can find more information on the project at
If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact me
directly via email or by leaving a message on my talk
Thank you in advance for your interest.
School of Journalism & Communication
University of Oregon