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We got a special guest
Hi friends! This announcement is a bit weird but bear with me please.
HTB has a special guest in our midst named Anna. She'd a PhD student at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany and is currently working on her dissertation on forum-based role-playing games. Aka she's doing her dissertation on RPing and she chose our lovely site as part of her research.
What does that mean? Basically Anna will be sort of be hanging around as an observer and speaking to some members individually and asking various questions. Participation is completely up to you and everything will remain as anonymous as possible. If you don't want Anna looking at your stuff and talking you than she won't. She'll reach out to members via PMs to ask for permission to use your writing as examples in her paper.
What kind of information will she be collecting? She will be collecting and saving chosen textual and visual elements from your rp (such as character charts and the information included in them, threads, plot descriptions, rules etc.) using copy+paste and screen caps. She will not be using any personal and private information about us specifically and no information that will make it possible to identify you. She is interested in our writing IC, not us and our OOC interactions.
What exactly is her research? Basically she's exploring how we RP as its own distinct genre of gaming and analyzing what we do within the context of popular literature and popular culture. There's just not a lot of studies done on what we do, the ones that do focus on other aspects of RPing, and she wants to focus on this as a literary and pop culture phenomenon.
I don't like this and I don't want to be a part of it. Then don't. She'll be reaching out individually to the people she's interested in using as examples. There is no pressure to say yes. If you don't want to then you don't have to. Alternatively if you wish to be part of the study just hope she comes to you, please don't reach out to Anna offering her information if she doesn't ask for it.
How long will this be going on? Probably not for very long. We'll be one of multiple sites that Anna will be using for examples. She chose us because of the complexity of our plots and world building, she's already looked around, we're sure she already has people in mind to speak to. Her dissertation will be done in a year or so and she's agreed to forward us a copy when it's all said and done.
tldr: A PhD student will be using HTB for examples for her dissertation. The staff has already discussed and agreed to give her permission, this is happening. Everything will remain as anonymous as possible and she will not be using any personal and OOC information. She will reach out to members individually for discussions and you do not have to participate if you do not want to, none of your information or writing will be used without your permission. In the end we're welcome to try to read her 200 page paper about RPing. Continue your regular RPing as usual.
We will be waiting a few days before we give her the go ahead to start. Check with your friends to make sure they read this announcement, we'd rather not have anyone freak out because they didn't know what was going on if they get a weird message. We just want everyone to know what's going on. Contact a staff member if you have any questions but don't like...freak out please.
-- Your BAMF!Staff