Can you do better than this?

The University of Connecticut and the University of Westminster are carrying out a research study on freedom of speech and healthy debate.

Sorry, but enrollment for this study has now closed.

Let's make a difference
DieLibtards @trollface

Shut up you libtards.

28th Jan 2018

SJW to the MAX @SJWWW.max

No, you shut up. Racist redneck.

28th January 2019

I'm Superior @ivorytower

Oh get an education the two of you. Idiots.

29th January 2019

What is it?

The research study is simple. You'll be asked to take a survey. Not long after, we'll assign you to one of 6 different groups. Each group will see slightly different things and use different ways of commenting

You can use the log-in to read and comment on articles as if it was a normal news website or blog. This will help us to work out how to make the internet a better place for everybody, no matter what your opinions.

The aim.

To promote humility in public discourse and prevent digital harassment and trolling

Who is involved?

Prof. Graham Smith

Principal Investigator

Professor of Politics and Director of Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, UK

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Prof. Michael E Morrell

Co-Investigator

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut

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Dr. Paolo Spada

Co-Investigator

Centre for Social Studies in Portugal

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Dr. Mark Klein

Principal Research Scientist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Perry Walker

User testing

Perry is an innovator of participatory methods that anyone can use. He has more than 20 years of experience in designing and testing new participatory methods.

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Rachel Collinson

Participant Engagement

Rachel is known as the Donor Whisperer. She is a former lecturer at the Hypermedia Research Centre, University of Westminster.

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We badly need to create more inclusive and safe methods for commenting on news. I am pleased to support this important research and hope you can participate in the experiment

Prof. Jane Mansbridge

Kennedy School of Leadership, Harvard University

Try new ways to debate online

You'll get the chance to explore new online comment systems. These have been designed to create more satisfying discussions.

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Timeline

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Enrollment

Phase 1

In this phase you'll be asked for your email address and some small amounts of data. You'll then be invited to take part in a survey. Based on your responses, we'll divide participants into groups for different parts of the study. This phase starts now.

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Experiment

Phase 2

In this phase your group will be assigned to an online platform where you can comment on news items. You'll receive anonymous login details. Groups will use different commenting platforms so that we can compare their impact on the discussion. We designed the experiment to last 3 weeks. This will start in mid-February 2019.

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Debrief

Phase 3

At the end of the study, we'll ask you to complete a final survey. We will then open up all the parts of weDialogue so that you can explore and compare them. You'll be able to provide open feedback on your experience. This phase will last 2 weeks.

During the research study you'll be assigned to one of three types of commenting system. In the debrief phase, after the study ends, you'll be able to explore and compare all of them.

Yes, please invite all your friends! However, once the enrollment phase is over we can't accept any more people.

We need to create discussion groups that are the same size and have similar types of people. Once those groups are created and the research study has started, we can't add new people.

The first survey is important because we need to collect demographic and attitudinal data to create identical discussion groups before the study starts. Otherwise we could end up with a group made up of people that like to comment a lot, and another group that like to read without commenting. This would mean that we can't test the effect of different platform designs. The first survey will also contain some questions that we'll ask again in the final survey. This allows us to see if the experience of weDialogue has changed your opinions in any way.

Let's change the way we debate

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