Social roles, interactions and community sustainability in social Q&A sites: A resource-based perspective

Yuyang Liang, Josh Introne

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Abstract

Online tech support communities have become valuable channels for users to seek and provide solutions to specific problems. From the resource exchange perspective, the sustainability of a social system is contingent upon the size of its members as well as their communication activities. To further extend the resource-based model, the current research identifies a variety of social roles in a large tech support Q&A forum and examines longitudinal changes in the community's structure based on the identification. Moreover, this study also investigates the relationship between the community's functionality and its traffic. Results suggest that the proportion of unsolved questions negatively impacts the number of future incoming questions and the outcome of a given question is not only dependent on users' interactions within the discussion, but also on the community activities preceding the question. These observations can help community managers to improve system design and task allocation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 52nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2019
EditorsTung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages2802-2811
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133126
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event52nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2019 - Maui, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2019Jan 11 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2019-January
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference52nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui
Period1/8/191/11/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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