They asked 3 questions in late October last year:
Question 1: In your opinion, what (if so) makes Slashdot special among online discussion sites? Is it the content, the group of people it draws in, the discussion engine (e.g., content rating and filters), or possibly other factors?
Question 2: Compared with other discussion sites you know or/and have used, do you consider Slashdot's technology platform to be better? In other words, does it encourage (a) more sense of community or (b) more active participation? (In answering please also feel free to mention the other discussion site or sites you might be comparing to)
Question 3: As a unique user in slashdot, could you please rate your own reciprocity by assessing what you get from the community compared with what you contribute to it?(you can give an answer such as: i think i get more or i contribute more,of course we would be very appreciative for your explanation of detail)
Results are in an emailed PDF and I'm not going to host it cause I don't want my servers to go down.
Here's some of the results:
1. Reason To Communicate Slashdot participants enjoyed communicating with like-minded individuals and generated net positive value from their participation.
2. Community Centered Design The majority of users felt the Slashdot engine was community- enhancing.
3. Usability (good) Half of the respondents commented positively on the technology.
4. Registration Moderation (appropriate and responsible) Participants commented on the value of anonymous commenting. Further, some responses were made about moderation and meta- moderation
5. Moderation The moderation system was considered positive. The rating system was described as fair, trustworthy, and quality enhancing.
6. And Epic Fail on the 'Nature of Distributed Resources' Evidently Slashdot doesn't have any.
Here's their conclusion:
"Thus it remains to explore, among other issues, whether community members balance the reason to communicate with the effort to communicate and ultimately place their resources into communities accordingly. If community success could be determined based on this trade-off, it would provide a great impetus for the design of highly efficient community information and coordination portals, so as to not only achieve sustainability, but sustained growth."
Yep. I don't understand it either."