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Title:Which questions are valuable? The knowledge diffusion in technical online forum
Author(s):Shi, Yanqing; Chen, Si; Kang, Lele; Sun, Jianjun
Subject(s):Knowledge diffusion
Online forum
Quantitative data analysis
Abstract:Technical forums serve as important tools for diffusing knowledge for specific subjects. The factors affecting knowledge diffusion through technical forum need to be better understood. In this study, we examine knowledge diffusion in the context of an online technical forum. We explore why some problems are paid more attention in this context by shifting perspectives to focus on knowledge network embedded in problems rather than knowledge seeker-problem-knowledge provider relationships, since in online technical forum the knowledge seekers are seeking immediate, customized responses efficiently. To explore the reasons, we examined the impact that characteristics of question tags had on popularity and quality of questions by collecting data from a programming-related Q&A site — Stack Overflow. For our analysis we collected data of ten years which spans from 2008 to 2017, which includes 6,833,276 users and 34,857,917 questions and answers. Our study contributes to conversations about how the knowledge is diffused in an online technical forum and further implies if these types of online forums promote knowledge sharing and innovation efficiently.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/103353
DOI:https://doi.org/10.21900/iconf.2019.103353
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Yanqing Shi, Si Chen, Lele Kang, and Jianjun Sun
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22


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