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Someone Like Me: How Does Peer Parity Influence Participation of Women on Stack Overflow?

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Paper presentation at VLHCC 2017 in Raleigh

Paper: http://bit.ly/PeerParity
Blog: http://bit.ly/PeerParityBlog

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Someone Like Me: How Does Peer Parity Influence Participation of Women on Stack Overflow?

  1. 1. Someone Like Me: How Does Peer Parity Influence Participation of Women on Stack Overflow? Denae Ford, Alisse Harkins, Chris Parnin@DenaeFord North Carolina State University
  2. 2. Shared Experience +Peers Experience -Peers Social Facilitation [Triplett, 1898]
  3. 3. Users find it easier to overcome barriers when with peers [Rudman, 2004] [Campbell, 2006] [Ford, 2016]
  4. 4. “They are just not even on the same race track” [Rudman, 2004] [Campbell, 2006] [Ford, 2016]
  5. 5. What is Peer Parity? 5 When an individual can identify with at least one peer when interacting in a community.
  6. 6. [Burnett, 2016]
  7. 7. ANSWER COMMENT PARITY THREAD QUESTION [Burnett, 2016]
  8. 8. Research Question How does peer parity influence how women post on Stack Overflow? 8
  9. 9. Data Extracted 9 5,987,284 Users + 32,209,817 Posts Stack Exchange Archive Identified Genders from First Name 363,133 W + 2,139,305 M + 102,189 U + 3,382,657 NA [Vasilescu, 2012]http://bit.ly/SimpleGenderComputer
  10. 10. Measures of Engagement Badges Reputation Points 2nd Activity Time 2nd Activity Type 10
  11. 11. QUESTION ANSWER COMMENT PARITY THREAD Methodology 11 Select 1000 women who asked a question Check 1st question for peer parity Analyze signals of engagement Check 2nd activity for peer parity Only 32% of identifiable women asked a question
  12. 12. Parity in 1st Question Parity Threads = 452 Non Parity Threads= 548 12
  13. 13. Findings
  14. 14. RQ: How does peer parity influence how women post on Stack Overflow? No statistical difference in reputation points No statistical difference in number of badges 14
  15. 15. RQ: How does peer parity influence how women post on Stack Overflow? Statistically significant difference in type of 2nd activity Q A N = 833 N = 167 p <0.05
  16. 16. RQ: How does peer parity influence how women post on Stack Overflow? Statistically significant difference in time until 2nd activity 16 p <0.05 330 Day Difference
  17. 17. RQ: How does peer parity influence how women post on Stack Overflow? No statistical difference in reputation points No statistical difference in number of badges Yes statistical difference in type of 2nd activity Yes statistical difference in time until 2nd activity Women who experience peer parity re-engage sooner. 17
  18. 18. How does this translate to impact? 18
  19. 19. Showcasing Success Demonstrate diverse top-rated users 19
  20. 20. Paired Guidance Mentor-mentee pairing based on peer identification 20 Mellie @Mellie @Mellie Olivia @Mellie
  21. 21. Revealing User Identity Ability for users to bring all of themselves to the community 21 ?
  22. 22. @DenaeFord Summary Women who receive answers from other women, a concept known as peer parity, re-engage sooner. Identity signals offer insight into mentorship strategies. Future studies needed to validate peer parity and isolate signals employed such as names, question scores, profile images, and more. 22 Paper: http://bit.ly/PeerParity Blog: http://bit.ly/PeerParityBlog
  23. 23. ++ 23
  24. 24. Future Work Support through eye tracking What signals of a thread influence parity? 24
  25. 25. ANSWER COMMENT PARITY THREAD QUESTION [Burnett, 2016]
  26. 26. RQ: How does peer parity influence how women post on Stack Overflow? Statistically significant difference in time until 2nd activity 26 p <0.05

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