It's Getting out of Control in This Forum: Analyzing Gender-Based Aggression on a Containment Thread for an Open Game Development Conference

Thominet, L. (2021). It's Getting out of Control in This Forum: Analyzing Gender-Based Aggression on a Containment Thread for an Open Game Development . 253-262. 10.1145/3472714.3473649

cited authors

  • Thominet, L

fiu authors

abstract

  • This article analyzes user discourse in a containment thread to examine how game developers can create more inclusive user experience (UX) processes and communities. Containment threads are typically used to keep undesirable conversations in a single place on a forum. In the case discussed here, the containment thread was a response to increasing rates of gender-based aggression after a game developer included nonbinary pronouns in the character creation interface. Ultimately, the analysis found that the containment thread, combined with the design of the forum discourse space, acted to highlight and sustain the gender-based aggression over time. Drawing on recent work on online aggression and queering technical communication, the article closes by offering initial recommendations for supporting more inclusive UX communities.

publication date

  • October 12, 2021

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

  • 9781450386289

start page

  • 253

end page

  • 262