On Scraping Mastodon:
If they hadn't misunderstood the difference between a name of a field and the social and cultural implications of it's usage, this paper wouldn't have been written.
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@maloki If they'd got it right and obtained consent, a far more interesting paper could have been written...
@dumpling Too true. I feel like we could bring some people together on here, to actually write such a paper correctly. :D
@maloki that would be fun... Fediverse research, produced by the fediverse!
@dumpling and peer reviewed by the fediverse
@email@example.com I wrote up a very nice retort to the paper along this line, but their journal appears to only have been a conference publication and not a regular publication that might publish retorts.
@aldersprig Yeah. It's a good retort, and I do not believe I was the only person who reached the conclusion.
I have like 20 tabs open that I wanted to link to, and credit, but my head forgot to go back to them (because it was a bit much)...
@maloki this is fantastic, thank you for writing it and sharing it!
@aparrish Thank you for reading it! I'm glad people like it, that impostor syndrome always tickles the back of your mind when you post stuff like this..
1) well written. nicely done.
2) WTFOMGBBQ??? I mean... WHAT???
I wish I was surprised. This whole 'research' *reeks* of "computer people doing utterly superficial research and thinking that they understand a topic." Which is endemic with this crowd.
Next up, they'll solve global warming with blockchain.
@mwlucas seems it may not be peer reviewed or anything either, it's kinda funny :D
@maloki I was in the social sciences before and I find it maddening to see these computer science papers without any ethical considerations. You cannot start social research without ethical board approval. Cs: yolo let's scrape a network and and dump it online.
@maloki I wrote about this a while back and have some considerations on the ethics of online research coming from that background.
I wish I had seen it earlier.
I originally wanted to connect back to a lot of other people, but then my mind couldn't, so I left it out (mh/brain fog/adhd stuff).
@maloki well said. They should have got you to write their paper! Or rather, a different paper...
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