S. & Rice, R.E. (1997). Attribution accuracy when using anonymity
group support systems. International Journal of Human Computer
This study explores the taken-for-granted assumption that
comments posted on a group support system (GSS) are socially as
well as technically anonymous. It analyzes the accuracy of, and
influences on, attributions of authors’ identities in seven field
with considerable work history after they used the system to enter
anonymous comments about salient topics during a brainstorming session.
GSS participants made attributions about authors’ identities, but
these attributions were about 12% accurate (ranging from 1 to 29%). The
expected predictors of accuracy (an individual’s total communications
the group, network centrality, and length of membership in the group)
inconsistent influences across the seven groups.
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