Academic Research

(I have approval from the mods to post this) My name is Oliver Bowers and I am a researcher from Washington State University, and I am conducting academic research into home theater personal computer (HTPC) software communities. This message is to request your participation in my research through audio-only interview. This research is being conducted across several similar online communities in order to explore components including content, usage, and the future of digital media and platforms such as this. The reason I am interviewing users is so that I can gain actual insights with the goal of driving future policy direction, which unfortunately often rely on assumptions and negative perceptions regarding online communities such as this. The interviews are likely to take an hour of your time and will not require any additional time commitment on your part. All interviews will be strictly confidential, and all data will be anonymized after transcription.

I am asking you to participate because of your role in the Jellyfin community, and because I believe that your knowledge, experiences, and insights could be a valuable asset to understanding the different types of users, the complexities of the community, and the software itself. If you are willing to participate then please send me a message or email me through my university address so that we can schedule the interview. If you can think of other users who could be valuable participants and may be willing to participate then please pass this message onto them as well. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. This study has been certified as exempt from the need for review by the Washington State University Institutional Review Board.

Thank you for your time and I hope you are willing to discuss your experiences with me.


I’m interested in helping… do you have more details about the type of questions being asked?

Yes, my questions mostly focus on how you came to use the software, how you use it, and the role of the community itself. The questions are broad and open-ended so it isn’t a survey or anything like that.

I have had a great response to this post but I am still in need of participants. Please spread this message to others who may be interested.