The example of genres of participation that I would like to present is the XDA Developers Forum.  I feel that all three genres, “hanging out”, “messing around”, and “geeking out” are present on this site.

First, is “hanging out” where the participants do what they do in order to be apart of the group and this is on the purely peer driven side of the spectrum.  If we look at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1875845 which is a forum thread for people to post images of their homescreens, you can see that this is a peer driven discussion of people trying to fit in with the group and win the approval of their choices.

Second, is “messing around” where the participants lay somewhere on the spectrum between peer driven and interest driven.  If we look at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1915806 which is a forum thread for people to post tips and tricks that they have discovered, you can see that this is promoting people to play around with their devices to try and find new or unique features that may not be known about.

The last, is “geeking out” where the participants are purely driven by interest and their own wants.  If we look at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1625096 which is a forum thread in which you can watch and help in the development of a new custom rom for an Android device.  Not only are the people creating the new rom “geeking out” but so are the commenters and individuals using the custom software on their devices.

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