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I'm running a demographic survey of Ingress players. Please fill it out & distribute widely -- http://bit.ly/1hQkzvY
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Scandinavia is a multinational region, not a country; can you fix that?
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In the course of writing the piece I posted yesterday, I discovered that the last informal Ingress demographic survey is more than two years out of date (link below). I'm strongly considering doing a new one. 

Here are a few demographic questions I'd be interested in asking (in no particular order): 
1. Age
2. Gender (will provide more than M and F)
3. Ethnicity
4. Language(s) spoken
5. Whether one's primary play area is urban, suburban or rural
6. Whether the player follows the story line or not
7. Enlightened or Resistance
8. Primary transportation mode while playing (car, public transit, walking, bicycle, wheelchair/scooter)
9. Whether the player participates in G+ communities
10. Whether the player participates in G+ hangouts or Slack
11. Android or iPhone
12. Does the player actively/regularly play other video games

I'm wondering what else you'd be interested in seeing asked. I'm trying to keep this yes/no or multiple choice so it's quick to just click the answers and submit. 

Thanks!
This is based on a non-scientific sample of 1,572 players of Ingress, Google's augmented reality game.  The survey was posted to Reddit, Google Plus, Twitter, and IRC.  From there it passed through...
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+Jan de Boed Hi, my name is Catherine and my gender is nonbinary. You can stop erasing my existence anytime now, thanks.

PS. transgender is not a gender identity in and of itself. It just means your gender does not match the one assigned to you at birth. Pls learn your trans 101.
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Wanted to share my finished piece examining Ingress as a potential model for more female-friendly games. Thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion.
Video-game culture can be incredibly toxic for women and girls. They may face sexist remarks, harassment or even threats…
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I realize this is the kind of thing people would ask me, but have any of you come across any studies that look at how competitive or cooperative video gaming affects how male players treat females? I'm aware of the recent Halo study, and older studies that look at cooperative vs competitive gaming (but not gender), but I'm looking for others.
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+Herb Piercy​ and +Karen Kasch​, thanks to you both, but I'm looking for anything I'd want to include in something I'm writing now. :)
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'I wrote the Internet of Garbage before any of this happened, but it can be illuminating in understanding this whole affair. Reddit appears to be overrun by a racist, sexist fringe. It’s not. When interviewed by Aaron Sankin at the Daily Dot, many of Reddit’s unpaid moderators were upset with the mandate to police harassment not because they thought harassment was inherently valuable speech, but because they were angry about not having the appropriate tools to police it.

Reddit has driven itself into the ground by the same cost-efficient model that made it rise to the top. The site has a content problem because it has a moderation problem, a terrible labor problem that it has long hidden behind proclamations of “free speech.”'
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The Ingress demographic survey is live! Please fill it out and share it as widely as possible! http://bit.ly/1hQkzvY
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No ta will live in the dark regarding cis ☺
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I’ve been harassed and threatened online (in fact, two Google+ users trolled me and other players in comments when I asked for input on this essay), but it occurred to me that my Ingress interactions have been remarkably troll-free. Fellow players have been largely respectful, kind and helpful. The few times I’ve faced insulting or mean comments, they came from an an angry opponent, but the remarks weren’t misogynistic.

That got me thinking: is my experience unique? Is there something about Ingress that makes players treat each other with more respect, regardless of gender? So I asked players from both factions around the world what they thought.

#ingress  #gaming #sexism #harassment   #trolls  
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Born in England and raised in South Africa, Joshua Abraham Norton was the archetypal San Franciscan, aficionados say, a hero who hailed from someplace else, succeeded in building a fortune here and then lost it in spectacular fashion. Mr. Norton’s downfall came from betting unsuccessfully that he could corner the market in rice.

A favorite interview for reporters of the era, Emperor Norton was famous for his assertions of supreme authority over the country, calls to dissolve Congress and pledges to impose fines on anyone heard calling the city “Frisco.”
Enthusiasts of the self-styled 19th-century ruler seek to preserve his legacy
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I'm a writer and journalist who has been playing Ingress since December of 2012, and for me one of the more remarkable aspects of the game (at least where I play, in San Francisco) is the lack of sexism/trolling against women. I have some theories about why that is, largely based on how the game is played, particularly once you hit L8 and beyond and need to work closely and in-person with other teammates. 

I'm thinking about writing a piece (for Medium or similar) about this experience. I'm wondering a few things, and would love to open this up to a wider discussion: 

1. Is it your experience that women who play Ingress, regardless of whether there are equal numbers as males in your community, are treated as respected and valued players?

2. Have you ever seen female ingress players trolled/harassed in the way some other female gamers in other gaming communities have been? If so, what have you witnessed among Ingress players?

3. If your experience has largely been one of equality/respect among players, why do you think that is? Does it have to do with how the game is played? If so, how?

I am not going to quote anyone without their explicit permission first; feel free to discuss without feeling like I'm going to use what you say without consent. Thanks!
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+Beth Winegarner​ you mention in comparison BBSes, IRC and Twitter. I have always avoided those even in the early 90's because of the tone that people frequently use on those platforms. It's an environment that has absolutely no appeal for me. I worked at an ISP in the early 90's, so I saw first hand. Sure, relative to those my experience of Ingress is at least positive enough for me to not have walked away. That said, IMO it is a game that can (and does) attract very deficit personality types, along with great people.
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The FDA wants to revamp the Nutrition Facts panels on foods. The labels would have to list how much added sugar the foods contain — and how much it counts against your recommended daily allowance.
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The added sugar thing is a bit silly. Eating a ton of sugar isn't magically better for you just because it's naturally occurring. The total is what really matters.
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A fascinating look at the history of cheese. (Warning: describes a goat slaughter and also maggots.)
Within moments of showing up at Giannetto’s farm, a scrubby stretch of pastures and vineyards a few miles outside the southern Sardinian town of Dolianova, the old man decides that we ought to slaughter a goat. I think momentarily about protesting that a whole beast is too much food for the five people on the …
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I really prefer to pretend that cheese just happens by magic. My OCD would only let me eat boiled-to-death food given its preferences, so I don't really want to know about the germies. Even the friendly cheese mites.
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  • Law360.com
    courts reporter, 2012 - present
  • San Francisco Examiner
    reporter, 2006 - 2009
  • San Mateo Daily News
    reporter, 2005 - 2006
  • San Rafael/Terra Linda News Pointer
    editor, 1998 - 2005
  • San Francisco Chronicle
    music critic, 1996 - 1999
  • Addicted to Noise
    associate editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Daily Californian
    copy editor, 1994 - 1996
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Journalist, author, blogger, poet, mom (the order depends on the day).
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I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Ars Technica, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, PopMatters, Addicted to Noise and others. 

I'm also the author of several books, including "The Columbine Effect, "Sacred Sonoma," "Read the Music," and "Beloved" (no, not the Toni Morrison one). I blog at http://backwardmessages.wordpress.com, maintain Sumerland.net and contribute to Undented.com.
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Sociology, 1994 - 1994
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    Journalism, 1991 - 1994
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