Joseph Seering

Below are recent publications related to my current work.

Shaping Pro and Anti-Social Behavior on Twitch Through Moderation and Example-Setting

Joseph Seering, Robert A Kraut, and Laura Dabbish - CSCW 2017 Best Paper Honorable MentionHonorable Mention icon

"Using millions of messages sent in Twitch chatrooms, we explore the effectiveness of methods for encouraging and discouraging specific behaviors, including taking advantage of imitation effects through setting positive examples and using moderation tools to discourage antisocial behaviors. Consistent with aspects of imitation theory and deterrence theory, users imitated examples of behavior that they saw, and more so for behaviors from high status users. Proactive moderation tools, such as chat modes which restricted the ability to post certain content, proved effective at discouraging spam behaviors, while reactive bans were able to discourage a wider variety of behaviors."


Audience Participation Games: Blurring the Line Between Player and Spectator

Joseph Seering, Saiph Savage, Michael Eagle, Joshua Churchin, Rachel Moeller, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Jessica Hammer - DIS 2017

"In this paper we explore audience participation games, a type of game that draws spectators into a role where they can impact gameplay in meaningful ways. "To better understand this design space, we developed several versions of two prototype games as design probes. We livestreamed them to an online audience in order to develop a framework for audience motivations and participation styles, to explore ways in which mechanics can affect audience members’ sense of agency, and to identify promising design spaces. Our results show the breadth of opportunities and challenges that designers face in creating engaging Audience Participation Games."


The Importance of Looking Closer: Understanding Motivations for Bad Behavior Online

Joseph Seering and Geoff Kaufman - CHI 2018 Workshop on "Understanding 'Bad Actors' Online"

"Harassment, spam, hate speech, and a wide variety of other destructive behaviors abound in online communities. In this paper we argue that, in order to address them, we must move beyond labeling of “Bad Actors” and instead into in-depth explorations of their motivations. This will require continued work in domains from ethnography to experimental psychology. In this paper we identify three challenges to understanding these motivations and offer three theory-based hypotheses to inform future explorations."


Social Identity Theory and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

Joseph Seering and Geoff Kaufman - CSCW 2017 Workshop on "Theory transfers? Social theory and CSCW research"

"In this paper, we explore some of the traditional domains of social identity theory, discuss some of the newer extensions of social identity theory, and talk both about how a deeper understanding of social identity theory can benefit CSCW research and how, in return, CSCW can contribute new insights and directions for extending social identity theory."


Exploring Identity Signals on an Anonymous Mobile Posting App

Joseph Seering and Laura Dabbish - CSCW 2016 Workshop on Social Signaling Theory

"Users are drawn to anonymous apps because of the appeal of the protection provided by anonymity or partial disclosure of identifying information. Partial or complete anonymity supports identity exploration and social boundary management but presents challenges in discerning user sincerity and expertise through conventional signals. This project focuses on understanding how users evaluate the posts of others in an anonymous and ephemeral setting on the mobile anonymous mobile posting app Yik Yak."