Chapter 10

Thread networks: Mapping message boards and email lists


Many online communities use threaded conversations in the form of email lists, discussion forums, Facebook groups, and sites like Reddit, Quora, and Stack Overflow. Threaded conversations are composed of single-authored messages organized into threads (i.e., top-level message with a chain of replies). Threads are often found within topics or groups. These conversations lend themselves to the creation of several networks including the directed, weighted Reply network and Top-Level Reply network; the undirected, weighted affiliation network connecting threads (or forums) to the individuals that posted to them; and the undirected, weighted networks derived from the affiliation ...

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