Participation in an Ethnography

ALthough Hine suggests (2000) – traditionally ethnographic research develops an understanding through participation he also suggest that one can do more as a lurker online than in real life due to a lack of physical presence. I have become a member but have yet to participate. I have however come across a barrier to too much lurking / searching

I have been on the website for about 4 hours and have thoroughly searched for rules and regulations and postings by the administrators. It finally stopped me from looking further with this error post saying i had “more than the max user connections”

I wonder whether this is something other forums use to stop ethnographers from prying / researching their site? The thing is ……………. all of this information is freely available online without needing to be a member to look at it. I do however need to be a member to use the search option.

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