Gender, representation and online participation : a quantitative study of stack overflow

B.N. Vasilescu, A. Capiluppi, A. Serebrenik

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    Abstract

    Online communities are flourishing as social meeting web-spaces for users and peer community members. Different online communities require different levels of competence for participants to join, and scattered evidence suggests that women can be overly under-represented. Moreover, anecdotal evidence of the Q&A website StackOverflow suggests that women withdraw from unfriendly online communities. Due to the lack of empirical evidence on the matter, this paper provides a quantitative study of the phenomenon, in order to assess the representation and social impact of gender in StackOverflow. This study positions itself within recent and focused international initiatives, launched by the European Commission in order to encourage women in the field of sciences and technology. Our findings confirm that men represent the vast majority of contributors to StackOverflow. Moreover, men participate more, earn more reputation, and engage in the "game" more than women do.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 ASE International Conference on Social Informatics (Washington DC, USA, December 14-16, 2012)
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Pages332-338
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-0234-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Eventconference; 2012 ASE International Conference on Social Informatics (December 14-16, 2012); 2012-12-14; 2012-12-16 -
    Duration: 14 Dec 201216 Dec 2012

    Conference

    Conferenceconference; 2012 ASE International Conference on Social Informatics (December 14-16, 2012); 2012-12-14; 2012-12-16
    Period14/12/1216/12/12
    Other2012 ASE International Conference on Social Informatics (December 14-16, 2012)

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