Studying The High Road


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DrJ0NES
March 19, 2013, 11:57 PM
Hello, Guys and Gals of TheHighRoad,

My name Is Evan and I am currently wrapping up a bachelors degree in Anthropology at the University of North Texas in Denton. With the permission of the staff here I am conducting an ethnographic research project as part of my course of study this semester. The project is for a class about Virtual communication and Online communities.

As part of my research I need to interview a few members of TheHighRoad. If anyone would like to talk about their experience on THR via phone or Skype I would really appreciate it. Also for any members or moderators in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area I would jump at the opportunity to buy you a cup of joe or a brew and chat about THR face to face. Please PM me if you're interested.

If You can't spare the time for an interview but would like to contribute please post on this thread about your experience on THR. I would really like to know; which aspects of this community you find most valuable, what does this community offer that isn't found in brick and mortar communities, and what does THR offer over other online communities.

Also, This project is purely for in class academic purposes. It will not be published. It will not be available outside of the class. Anonymity is a priority in all ethnographic research and this is no exception.

Thanks in advance for your help, as we said in the scouts, every ounce counts. If you have any questions about the project post 'em up I'll be happy to answer them.

Happy shooting
-Evan

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Kayaker 1960
March 20, 2013, 12:16 AM
I used to frequent calguns but especially before the election I found the political ranting to be more than I could stand as well as an over abundance of put downs and flaming.
I appreciate that the mods here won't put up with that kind of negative behavour.
I enjoy THR because all of us here have the appreciation of our right to bear arms, the feel of a finely made gun in our hands and the peace of mind of the ability to put food on the table as well as protect our loved ones.

kyhunter
March 20, 2013, 04:49 AM
Pros-
-like minded individuals for the most part.
-open ended discussions organized well.
-communication with others who have same values and experiences.
-education from those wore knowledgeable.
-information which pertains to the 2nd ammendment and gun rights.
-firearms information and reviews towards new purchases.
-information regarding pricing and sales of ammunition, firearms, and accesories.
-different fields focusing on seperate firearms specifically for a narrow focus and pertanent information.

dbb1776
March 20, 2013, 05:26 AM
Do you shoot? Are you interested in firearms? There is a collective knowledge here that a newbie or experienced person can draw from. This particular forum holds members to a higher standard of conduct. Mods can't stop all the flaming but will put out fires before they escalate.
I come here for questions and other sites for classifieds.

kyhunter
March 20, 2013, 05:28 AM
That is a good question. Give us a little of your background?

icanthitabarn
March 20, 2013, 06:04 AM
Quote .. bachelors degree in Anthropology You don't say? :)

Lucifer_Sam
March 20, 2013, 06:18 AM
He talks about himself in his first post in the introduction thread. He's a shooter.

kyhunter
March 20, 2013, 06:27 AM
bachelors degree in Anthropology You don't say?

I know where this is heading

Queen_of_Thunder
March 20, 2013, 07:46 AM
What are you researching? Its purpose. Why us?

Al Thompson
March 20, 2013, 07:53 AM
Folks, this is not a drive-by posting. Staff was consulted prior and we agreed to allow the research project.

Participate as you desire. :)

19-3Ben
March 20, 2013, 08:06 AM
I'll go on the record to say that I just sent Dr. Jones a PM offering my assistance.

Guys, let's be welcoming and helpful. Aside from anything else, we can use good PR right now.

JShirley
March 20, 2013, 08:17 AM
I have a friend in Denton. Local PD member. Might be in some of your classes.

Queen_of_Thunder
March 20, 2013, 08:19 AM
Folks, this is not a drive-by posting. Staff was consulted prior and we agreed to allow the research project.

Participate as you desire. :)
The concern is how will the research be used. While staff may know what the research is about the subjects should be fully informed of all aspects of said research. All participants must be informed prior to particpation.

Al Thompson
March 20, 2013, 08:31 AM
Valid point. Dr. Jones?

OilyPablo
March 20, 2013, 08:33 AM
Also, This project is purely for in class academic purposes. It will not be published. It will not be available outside of the class. Anonymity is a priority in all ethnographic research and this is no exception.

Not a Dr. yet, but hopefully and a good guy!

sansone
March 20, 2013, 08:43 AM
*Anthropology: the study of humans, past and present.

I thought this was a prelude to trolling but the moderators say it's legit..
OP you can PM me for a phone # if you need more participation.

I have had 2 reporters from the NE (telltale accent) pretend to be customers.
Both were trying to bait me. Originally thought this thread was going that way
:p

rbernie
March 20, 2013, 08:47 AM
My wife is a NorthTexan, and I'm pretty local - maybe we can chat....

Ranger Roberts
March 20, 2013, 11:49 AM
I frequent THR for a variety of different reasons. A lot of other gun forums aren't regulated the way this one is. For example on other forums I have found: Threads get waaaay out of hand. There is too much chest thumping and cursing other members. They are very specific to a certain geographic area or type/manufacturer of a particular firearm.

On THR however, there is a general sense of community. I'm ex-military and a current LEO and there are many member on here that are the same. The members who aren't still share a common bond with me, the love of firearms. Here if you ask a question, you won't be ridiculed for it (maybe a little friendly ribbing, but that's it) and at the end of the day, you will have A LOT of good answers for your question. Because of my line of work, I can't hang out at a local gun store/firing range all day waiting for like-minded people to show up to talk with. I log on to the THR on my phone, and when I get a break I scroll through some threads. I've been a member here for about a year, and before that I read the threads just as often as I do now. I don't post often, but I really don't have to because my post would just be a repeat of a previous one.
A good example of our community here is a thread that I saw about a month ago. A member posted that he would purchase an NRA membership for a member that was for one reason or another not able too. Many other member jumped on the thread and offered to do the same. It was really a very incredible gesture made by people who, for the most part, have never met face to face.
I guess at the end of the day I come here because:
Good people
Good sense of community
Convenience
Very knowledgeable, friendly members

Dain Bramage
March 20, 2013, 12:44 PM
<Cousteau Voice>We enter thees wondrous and beautiful world that is so strange to us. What will we find, the Common Fudd? Friendly Advocate? Or more dangerous creatures, such es thee Spiny Curmudgeon and Tacticalled Ninjoid? Come join us on our voyaage of deescovery.<Cousteau Voice off>

krupparms
March 20, 2013, 01:23 PM
Would be able to speak on phone. Will be home today. PM me with a phone # & I will call. Give time to call
Thanks.

r1derbike
March 20, 2013, 02:09 PM
Dr. J0NES, I'm curious what the "zero" denotes in "J0NES"?

I'd love to participate in your ethnographic survey, but simply don't have enough data about your research paper to realize how our participation will fit in, and to what end?

I'm a bit of a stickler for details, especially when divisive subject matter is used.

May you be forthcoming with specifics, so I may make a well informed decision?

EDIT: On second thought, never mind.

Cosmoline
March 20, 2013, 02:30 PM
I would really like to know; which aspects of this community you find most valuable, what does this community offer that isn't found in brick and mortar communities, and what does THR offer over other online communities.

It offers an invaluable window into the larger gun owning community around the nation and even overseas. Prior to TFL/THR, the gun boards tended to be special purpose or overrun with trolls. There has always been local face-to-face contact with other gun owners and shooting buddies at the range, but this was by its nature limited to people in your area. There wasn't the same sense of a larger community. You could write letters to gun mags I suppose, but that technology was a lot clunkier.

The access to technical information is also invaluable. Obviously there's no editorial function here so you can't be certain if you're getting correct information, but there's a kind of "wiki" effect when enough posters weigh in on a question. You can browse through any number of "what is this firearm" or "how do I fix this" threads to see the process operate. And in the end the consensus answers tend to be spot on. And over the years we've learned whom to trust (Old Fluff) and whom to question (me).

So for example I recently picked up a transitional Snider Enfield in .577 Snider. I was able to obtain a great deal of information in forum searches and even several sources for components. I can see if someone had problems in the past and what the fixes were. There are limits to THR's specificity when it comes to more arcane topics, but usually you can find links to specialty forums where questions can be answered in even greater detail.

TarDevil
March 20, 2013, 02:33 PM
Also for any members or moderators in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area I would jump at the opportunity to buy you a cup of joe or a brew and chat about THR face to face.

Make that a single malt and I'll join you! :D

Actually, I am from North Carolina but spend a LOT of time in Texas so perhaps could give you some observations about both states.

However, as others have mentioned, I'd like to see more specifics about your study.

EHL
March 20, 2013, 03:25 PM
I live in the DFW area. Go ahead and PM me.

Al Thompson
March 22, 2013, 12:19 PM
Opened..

DrJ0NES
March 25, 2013, 07:38 PM
There seems to be a lot of interest in the scope of the project so I will further elaborate.

The project is what's called a virtual ethnography. Most of the virtual ethnographies that have been done up to this point have covered online game communities and cell phone usage. This area of anthropology is really a recent development so it seemed like an interesting class.

The project for this class is to complete an ethnographic research project of a group that either communicates entirely through a virtually mediated medium, like a forum, or a group that utilizes both online and offline forms of interaction. The project consists of observing the community to try and identify its unique culture. Culture in this case refers to any set of learned behaviors or ideas held collectively by members of a community. As well as conducting interviews to develop what we call the "emic," or insider, perspective.

Subjects that are commonly focused on in this sort of study are, power dynamics, types of media used for communication, relationships between virtual and face to face interactions, and interpersonal and group ecologies.

For my project I'm going look at, reasons people joined the high road, common interests between members, power dynamics between staff and members, and unique cultural traits of the group (use of the term "highroad" is something I find pretty interesting).

As to the purpose of the project, other than to pass the class :) , It is to understand the communication ecologies of a group whose communication is entirely virtually mediated. Also, Profs. havent mentioned it but I get the impression that the purpose of these senior level undergrad projects is to help students build connections and skills for graduate level work.

To all of the fine folks willing to help me with my study, and there have been more than a few, Thank you! Unfortunately I will not be able to interview all of you. I will try to schedule interviews over the course the upcoming week. Again thanks for the all the support.


About my handle, no I'm not a doctor... yet! Its actually a reference to an impromptu survey one of my classmates had about the most common responses we get when we tell people we're studying anthropology. My most common response is something along the lines of, "Oh thats cool, I love Indiana Jones!" Which in my book is enough of a compliment to overcome the longstanding feud between anthropologists and archaeologists.

@r1derbike, DrJONES was already taken, and HenryJonesJr doesn't have the same ring to it.

Also to all those who responded to this thread I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my lack of response to questions on this thread. I was not aware of the level of engagement that is expected on this forum. The moderators made it crystal clear to me that more than 12 hours without a response is unacceptable. again I sincerely apologize.

Thanks for the continued interest folks!
-Evan

Al Thompson
March 25, 2013, 07:48 PM
Interestingly enough, the web site name came (IIRC) from a Denton County resident. :cool:

DrJ0NES
April 2, 2013, 12:17 PM
Hey all thanks for your continued help with the project. I will probably do one more interview this week. But something interesting came up during one of my interviews and if any of you have any experience with the topic, your contributions would be greatly appreciated.

The topic is face to face meet ups. If any of you could offer an anecdote about a High Road meet up you participated in that would be awesome. Primarily: what setting it was in? IE a range session, a gun show, a camping trip, etc. what was your experience of meeting other High Roaders face to face? Did your level of engagement on the high road increase after the meet up?

Thanks for your help and support everybody,
I literally couldnt do this without you ;) .

-Evan

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