Digital signatures/email consent approved!

I just received word that email consent is now enough for you to participate!  As my study does not involve more than minimal risk, I was approved for a waiver of the hand signature to this level!  So, no more excuses!  You can just email me and say “yup, I’ll help ya” and then talk to me on vent or through private messages while you play your toon!  Below is a copy of my approval.

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30 minutes might seem like a lot of time away from the game, but….

You can play while we talk!  You can do it while farming, leveling, or instancing.  You can do it while in a senario, in a LFR, or just hanging around Stormwind or Orgrimmar!  You can do it anywhere!  even though I was channeling my inner Dr. Seuss, I am completely serious!  You don’t have to be completely focused on the interview, you can be playing while we talk.  I’ll be more than happy to hold a sec while you down a boss or gank someone!  Don’t think of this research as stanch and clinical, but as something that you can help a fellow nerd out while doing what it is you love to do…GAME!  SO go sign the consent form and let’s chat about LFR!

Don’t play often? Not a problem!

I need more casual gamers to participate with my study!  While I am still accepting and in need of a few more elite raiders and casual raiders, I am in desperate need of those people that are not tied to a raiding group but play WoW and have participated in the LFR function!  Do you like LFR?  Do you hope to use what you learn to get into a raiding group?  Is LFR enough for you?  Let me know!

So what is LFR?

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There has been a bit of confusion on what exactly LFR (Looking for Raid) is, so let me explain a bit.  LFR or raid finder is a function within WoW that allows you to enter into many of the different raids within WoW with people who you are randomly thrown together with.  At the bottom of your screen is what looks like a green eye.  If you click this it will bring up a window through which you are able to choose if you would like to que up for a dungeon, raid, scenario, or for flex raiding and looks like:

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While there is another way of going about queing for a raid group, this is the most common one.  The groups are set at 25 people, with 2 being tanks, 6 healers, and the rest dps (damage dealers).  The people that you will be raiding with are a one time deal, unless you que with a friend or happen to get thrown in with someone from your server.  There are multiple servers from which these 25 people are pulled from, so the chances of being in a raid with them again are slim.

 

The other possible way of getting into a LFR is by hitting the O button when you are in WoW, clicking the raid tab at the bottom of the pop up box, and then the other raid tab at the top.  You can then both look at those who are qued in this fashion as well as put yourself in que.

For more information about LFR please go to: Looking_For_Raid

I hope this helps a bit!  If you have any other questions or comments please feel free to contact me.

Going strong but need more participants!!!!

I am about half way through the “needed” amount of participants but still need more!  Know anyone who is 18 or older and has used the LFR function?  Send them my way!  Haven’t signed up yet…..please do so!  The data is coming in strong and steady!  I can not wait to see what everything looks like once I am processing the data!  So many exclamation marks, but I am totally stoked!  So invite your siblings, parents, friends, other halves, children (if they are at least 18 years old), and anyone else you can think of to help with this study!   I need YOUR input!  Love the LFR function or hate it, let me know!

So Easy a N00B Could Do It

Both getting the signed consent form back to me and the interview itself are so easy a n00b could do it!  Just print, sign, and either scan, take a selfie of your wondrous signature, or mail it to me!  With the fact that most people now days have smart phones or at least a phone with a camera, it makes this that much easier!  As for the interview, I promise it is not painful, okay you do have to think a bit and I know that can be a bit painful at times, but I promise to go easy on you!  The interviews will take anywhere from 30 minutes up to an hour.  It all depends on you and how many stories you have to tell me.  Forget to tell me a story the first time around?  Not a problem!  I am always willing to sit down and talk to you again, or you can email it to me if you prefer!  Questions, comments, or concerns?  Just comment here, email me, or in game message me!  (Lilostwee, Lilospally, lilodian, lilhealer, lilosmedic, the list goes on lol, I’m on Silvermoon and Alliance)

The approval forms

approve-thumb6723223I was thinking about it late last night and thought it might be a good idea to upload the approval forms for the study.  Just in case anyone wanted to see that the study has been officially approved by NDSU.  I am not sure if I am allowed to publish the report that I submitted to the IRB, so that is not going up just yet.  Remember, if you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns please do not hesitate to talk to me!

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