I am a graduate student and am working on my thesis, which is on the determinants of participation in online communities. To research this topic, I must read an unspecified number of posts over about a couple of weeks so as to determine which factors influence posting. Having been born and raised just north of Boston, I've been a Pats fan all my life. So, when the opportunity arose to combine a passion of mine (i.e. the Patriots) with work (i.e. my thesis), I couldn't pass i up. For this reason, and the fact that this is the best Patriots forum on the Internet, I've decided to conduct my research on this community. In short, I will be observing some posts over the next couple of weeks and figured it would be appropriate to inform everybody of my intentions. To conclude, I would like to ensure every member of this community that I will I will be completely unobtrusive. That is, I will not bother anyone in any way, shape, or form (when I do participate in forum discussions I will participate as a Pats' fan and not as someone who is conducting a study). Moreover, all the data I gather can and will remain anonymous unless someone (from this community) states otherwise. Well, I think that about covers it. However, if anyone has any questions whatsoever, please feel free to contact either through this forum or my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. P.S. I've been (and still am) in Europe for the last few years, so this will be a great opportunity for me to catch up.