Online Communities


  • Brian Butler – University of Maryland
  • Jenny Preece – University of Maryland



Brian Butler

Butler, B. S., & Wang, X. (2012). The cross-purposes of cross-posting: Boundary reshaping behavior in online discussion communities. Information Systems Research23(3-Part-2), 993-1010. Abstract

Sharma, N., Butler, B. S., Irwin, J., & Spallek, H. (2011). Emphasizing social features in information portals: Effects on new member engagement. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology62(11), 2106-2120. Abstract

Kraut, R., Wang, X., Butler, B., Joyce, E., & Burke, M. (2010). Beyond information: Developing the relationship between the individual and the group in online communities. Information Systems Research10Abstract

Butler, B., Sproull, L., Kiesler, S., & Kraut, R. (2007). Community effort in online groups: Who does the work and why. Leadership at a Distance11, 171-194. Abstract

Arguello, J., Butler, B. S., Joyce, E., Kraut, R., Ling, K. S., Rosé, C., & Wang, X. (2006, April). Talk to me: foundations for successful individual-group interactions in online communities. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems (pp. 959-968). ACM. Abstract

Cummings, J. N., Butler, B., & Kraut, R. (2002). The quality of online social relationships. Communications of the ACM45(7), 103-108. Abstract

Butler, B. S. (2001). Membership size, communication activity, and sustainability: A resource-based model of online social structures. Information systems research12(4), 346-362. Abstract


Jennifer J. Preece

Rotman, D., Preece, J., Hammock, J., Procita, K., Hansen, D., Parr, C., … & Jacobs, D. (2012, February). Dynamic changes in motivation in collaborative citizen-science projects. In Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (pp. 217-226). ACM. Abstract

Rogers, Y., Sharp, H., & Preece, J. (2011). Interaction design: Beyond human-computer interaction. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K: Wiley. Abstract

Preece, J. (2009). An event-driven community in Washington, DC: Forces that influence participation. Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI GlobalAbstract

Nonnecke, B., Preece, J., & Andrews, D. (2004, January). What lurkers and posters think of each other [online community]. In System Sciences, 2004. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on (pp. 9-pp). IEEE. Abstract

Lazar, J., & Preece, J. (2002). Social considerations in online communities: usability, sociability, and success factors. Cognition in the Digital world, 127-151.

Preece, J. (2000). Online communities: Designing usability and supporting sociability. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. Abstract

Lazar, J., & Preece, J. (1998). Classification schema for online communities. InProceedings of the 1998 Association for Information Systems Americas ConferenceAbstract