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Jan. 3, 2007 to Jan. 6, 2007
Yuri Takhteyev , UC Berkeley School of Information
The paper considers the use of online technical discussions by software developers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, drawing on the results of a 5 month interview study. In the course of their daily work, Brazilian software developers routinely rely on online resources, which include as a key component foreign forums dedicated to technical questions. In rare cases, they actively participate in those forums; somewhat more often they "lurk." Even more often, however, forum posts are simply found while searching for a specific topic. Forums are thus experienced not as intertwining threads of conversations, but rather as a searchable collection of questions and answers free from conversational context, which is appreciated in a detached, asocial way.
Yuri Takhteyev, "Using Foreign Forums", HICSS, 2007, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2007, pp. 79b, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2007.594