from the i-eat-heavy-metals dept.
Smivs writes: "A chinese researcher, Lily Liu, of USTC-CityU Joint Research Center, Suzhou, China, has based her Thesis on an examination of Slashdot as a "Sustainable Digital Ecosystem for Idea Sharing". Online surveys were emailed to 310 active Slashdot participants selected randomly. 42 responded, for a response rate of 13.5% which was deemed very reasonable for an unsolicited survey without rewards for contribution.
I was one of those approached, and was happy to participate, and I have just received a copy of the paper, which makes interesting reading.
From the paper:- "Overall, our survey results indicate that Slashdot meets five of the six criteria specified for a sustainable digital ecosystem
for idea sharing. Distributed resources, suggested by Preece 
to avoid site failure in case of outages, was not found. However,
the technological infrastructure behind Slashdot is transparent
to the users, and is likely only to be observed in case of failure.
At Slashdots level of success and the technology infrastructure
backing it, resource availability is equally as expected as with
large commercial sites, and any cases of failure would be
widely reported in the online media such as CNET or Netcraft.
In fact, outages for Slashdot are very rare and only very few
occurrences have been reported. Hence we might conclude that
the last criterion, while not reported by respondents, can also be
viewed as a success factor for Slashdot."
If you would like to see the entire paper, I have posted the paper online. This is on my Homesite, so please don't all go there at once...I don't need to be slashdotted! It'll be there for a while."