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Background The area of study I am focusing on is Internet chatgroups Specifically I will be looking at whether the gender identifiers and trends studied in class hold up over computer-mediated communication CMC One Internet email discussion list was chosen for the study SacRaves sacraveshyperrealorg SacRaves is an asynchronous chatgroup meaning it is a discussion list that does not exist in real-time Crystal 2001 Messages exist forever and responses can be made at any time Discussions can travel in any number of directions The list is centered around electronic music and the greater Sacramento area with users from as far away as Chico Stockton Reno and Oakland Originally intended as a communications medium for information about electronic music events in the area the list has grown to encompass discussion about almost everything The list currently boasts 450 subscribers Determining the number of males and females is impossible as a breakdown of each subscriber is unavailable Also many of the addresses subscribed are of indeterminable gender The list is loosely moderated by a single user the only posts which receive attention are those from non-subscribers Events and self-promotion are to be preceded by the insertion of a BSP blatant self promotion in the subject header Messages with a BSP header were ignored as they are not typical of discussion on the list Non-list relevant discussion is also to be preceded by NRR non rave related in the subject header The listproc the program which runs the list also inserts SacDrama into the subject header The original list name SacRaves was replaced with SacDrama due to the direction of much of the discussion on the list personal drama instead of electronic music A four-day period was chosen at random May 3 through 6 2002 and all the messages for those days were catalogued 98 total Of the 98 posts 60 were written by males 27 by females one was of indeterminable sex Preliminary Research Preliminary
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