Dataset Containing Online Communities Metadata

Sets of statistics derived from posts to two sets of online forums, each serving an ideological community. The posts were grouped into six-month time slices; four consecutive time slices were analysed for Community A, and one time slice for Community B. The quantities measured relate to the textual content of users' posts, their level of participation in threads, and the network of other users to whom they are connected by replies and quoting. The data were collected in 2011-2012 as part of an internal project.

Information and communication technologies

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Joinson, A., Davidson, B., 2019. Dataset Containing Online Communities Metadata. Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Data (numerical) from two communities. Information contained in the readme.docx file on variables.


Adam Joinson
University of Bath


University of Bath
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Collection date(s):

From 2011 to 2012


Data collection method:

The data were collected by screen-scraping publicly visible online community forum posts. Further details are available in the README file.

Data processing and preparation activities:

Last two years (Community A) and six months (Community B) taken from SQL database of full scrape. Content removed. Sub-forum names obfuscated. User IDs MD5 encoded.

Technical details and requirements:

The data are encoded as comma-separated value files.


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Government Communications Planning Directorate

Becoming a Member of an Online Group

Publication details

Publication date: 22 May 2019
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


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Related papers and books

Davidson, B. I., Jones, S. L., Joinson, A. N., and Hinds, J., 2019. The evolution of online ideological communities. PLOS ONE, 14(5), e0216932. Available from:

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Adam Joinson


Faculties and Schools
School of Management

School of Management
Information, Decisions & Operations

Research Centres & Institutes
Centre for Business, Organisations and Society (CBOS)
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)