Passive participation in communities of practice: Scope and motivations

Azi Lev-On, Odelia Adler

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In spite of its prevalence in online social media platforms, there have been very few studies of passive participation. The current study uses interviews to understand the motivations for passive participation in online communities of the Israeli Ministry of Social Services. In addition to the motivations commonly found when not participating "more actively", such as concerns of criticism, lack of need, lack of motivation and technological concerns, users stated two additional and secondary reasons for not contributing content in the communities: concern that their posts would not be addressed (i.e. lack of reciprocation), and reasons relating to the graphical interface of the communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Informatics - 5th International Conference, SocInfo 2013, Proceedings
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event5th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2013 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 25 Nov 201327 Nov 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8238 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference5th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2013


  • communication
  • communities of practice
  • lurking
  • online communities
  • participation
  • passive participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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