[Tronica's edit: Please note that Liam sought and obtained approval for his study from Bluelight admins and AusDD moderators: myself, spacejunk & drug_mentor]
The purpose of this thread is to include AusDD participants in my research process.
I want to know what you like, or don't like about my research project.
This project aims to consider the relationship between the Australian Bluelight community and drug policy, and to contemplate how policy can develop greater sensitivity towards problematised social groups. Over seven years of unstructured, informal, participant engagement with online drug users will ground analysis.
The Australian Drug Discussion forum represents the most dense online discussion of drug use relating to Australia. This makes AusDD a promising context in which to investigate the relationship between online drug users and Australian drug policy.
In simple terms, analysis will consider the relationship between specific areas of drug policy change and AusDD content. For example;
One area of drug policy change in focus is cannabis policy between 2010 and 2016. I will identify cannabis relevant posts from this time period, and then reduce these to posts concerning cannabis and politics. Such posts will connect cannabis to either;
a) A political process i.e. 'vote'; 'advocate'; 'reform' etc.
b) A policy model i.e. 'democracy'; 'welfare'; 'prohibition' etc.
c) Broad sociocultural groupings i.e. 'human'; 'everyone'; 'society' etc.
d) Specific policy changes emphasised concerning a cannabis policy timeline I have constructed from Hughes' illicit drug timeline and the NCPIC's medical cannabis timeline.
Following cannabis, the second area of change focused on will be analogue/new drug policy. Additional policy areas will be determined as the project develops.
A more detailed overview of the project can be found here;
Different people have different expectations of their privacy when acting online, and I want to manage these expectations respectfully throughout this project. I anticipate that when writing their posts, some users did not expect to be research participants. For this reason I am encouraging any user with posts contained in AusDD to contact me should they wish to have their posts omitted from the study.
I also want to respect the contribution that the Bluelight community is making to this research project, and for this reason I am also requesting contact from users who wish to have their username made identifiable in products of this study.
Active users who do not make contact will have their username and posts anonymised, while posts made by inactive users will be excluded from the study.
Should you wish to discuss this issue of privacy, or another project related matter I can be reached via PM,
through this thread,
the project blog <anonlineaustraliandrugdiscussion.wordpress.com> ,
or email <email@example.com>.