Fishy behaviour

I carry out task based lurking behaviour (Kozinet’s 2010 p.26) on many subjects – one of which is keeping tropical fish. I’m a beginner and I like to learn how to do things properly so I google many questions and that often leads to searching through fora to get hints and tips from ‘real people’ (Kozinet’s quotes p.27). What I find interesting is how the status of the *experts* is displayed. This example shows that the member offering help to the newbie is a five-star ‘Hero member’ – you couldn’t get a much more explicit clue to his helpfulness within the fishy world! We also see that he is a fairly established member of the community having contributed a fair number of posts (1696). In addition, under the line, he gives an impressive account of his own aquarium and its inhabitants. I believe that this signature etiquette is suggested so that participants in the forum can have enough information about a contributor to avoid asking basic questions; but it also lends gravitas to this member (the Juwel 180 is a serious bit of (expensive) kit). It appears that sethyr has established his postition of dominance using the symbols which Paccanella (in Kozinet p.24) discusses.

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  1. cmeckenstock February 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    I find this signature phenomenon very interesting too. The detailed list could be either taken as entry on a CV or a badge of honour! What I find fascinating is the same thing is being done on IVF forums, and I am guessing other support forums too, where the signature of members consist of a long list of medical details and the number of times a person have attempted IVF, and whether each time it was successful pregnancy, and also the type of medicine (protocol) taken.

    • Steph Carr February 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks Chantelle. I find it interesting and surprising how much personal information people are willing to share in a public arena.

  2. Anabel Drought February 27, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    A friend has developed a website (with a forum for real people) for all things fishy, you could take a look for more help on keeping your fish?
    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/forums/

    • Steph Carr February 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      That’s a really great site – thanks Anabel. And real people too!

    • Giraf87 February 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      amazed at the number of posts. Nice the way it links up with twitter, facebook,YouTube. That is a big community and a lot of fish!

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