QotW5: Online Identity, Reputation, Deception

An online identity is a social identity that network users establish in online communities. Although some people prefer to use their real names online, most Internet users prefer to identify themselves by means of pseudonyms, which reveal varying amounts of personally identifiable information. In some online contexts, including Internet forums, MUDs, IRC, instant messaging, and massively multiplayer online games, users can represent themselves visually by choosing an avatar, an icon-sized graphic image. As other users interact with an established online identity, it acquires a reputation, which enables them to decide whether the identity is worthy of trust. (“Online Identity”, 2007).

Here’s the Question of the Week (QotW):

  1. After reading “Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community” by Judith Donath (1996), identify an online identity you own or are familiar with, show where it is virtually situated (e.g. email, blogs, forums, IM, IRC, MMORPG), and how this chosen identity establishes reputation (i.e. via what kind of interactions). Finally, show how someone else could possibly assume this chosen online identity. (i.e. identity theft)
  2. Cite facts from the Donath article (1996), including at least two additional sources from this week’s readings or from external peer-reviewed sources.
  3. Make a concise argument in 500 words or more (proper written English), supported with at least three APA-style citations.
  4. Start the title of your blog post as “QotW5: _____”
  5. Drop a comment here with a permalink to your blog post.

Holiday extension till 23th Feb, Friday, 5pm
(Warning: Late work will not be graded)

What is “identity” in a computer mediated environment, especially since a new email address is often all that is required to create a new virtual persona? We’ll be exploring this and more…



Identity Theft


91 Responses to QotW5: Online Identity, Reputation, Deception

  1. Mariani says:

    why…….the due date is during our holiday?
    We (especially me) suppose to enjoy it without any burden of doing the homework πŸ˜›

  2. theory says:

    Mariani: I agree, so I’ve given you a choice: You can do it by this weekend or next Friday. Would the class prefer I set the deadline to be this Saturday 5pm as usual?

  3. Siti Nur Aliah says:

    think it’s alright. considering we have more than a few days to work on it. so no rush. phew!

  4. Liaw Wan Ting says:

    pls pls pls pls pls don’t set it to this sat… *beg beg*
    we still have readings to do for com300 and ntr exams this… 23rd is just fine! thanks Kevin! You’re a star!!!!

  5. Pam says:

    no! not this saturday pls…most of us have a com 300 assignment to turn in by thurs, plus a nutrition exam on fri 😦 i think that the original deadline(23rd Feb) is fantastic. Kevin, pls do not change the deadline? Have a Great Chinese New Year ! πŸ™‚

  6. Liaw Wan Ting says:

    *this fri.

  7. PriMenon says:

    YAY!!! Kevin ure great! thanks….and Gong Xi Fa Cai to all!!! get rich ya? haha πŸ˜€

  8. Mariani says:

    HAHA, kiddin. 23rd just find for me…

  9. theory says:

    OK, no worries… the deadline will stay the way it is. Good luck for your other classes and have a great Chinese New Year holiday! πŸ™‚

  10. Kevin: Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!!!

    La La La!!!

  11. Benjamin Yap says:

    ph ew . . i w a s d abo u t 2 d ie i f d e a dl in e w a s th is s a t ma n!

  12. faithyy says:

    but but but… but you said no work or deadlines for the hols… =(
    i was looking forward to a blog-assignment-free hol…

  13. jiayi says:

    hey, this is my wrk…hope is ok…anyway, Happy chinese new yr to all!


  14. Erm, kevin….i think u forgot to mark my previous entry again…. qotw 4

    Kevin: Nope, I’m on top of things. You’ve got comment moderation activated on your blog, so you should either check with your classmates or me on handling this.

  15. PriMenon says:

    oh oh oh……im supposed to be chillin durin the holls….well aren’t we all? happy reading though……..LOL!!!


  16. Mr Lim, why is it I can’t see my latest entry when I view my blog? I can only view my latest entry when i click on the permalink. When I merely type in samantha125.blogspot.com, i can’t view my latest post. Is something wrong?

  17. Oh, it’s alright already. I think the page was just taking its own sweet time to update itself. The blog entry’s there πŸ™‚

  18. Monica says:

    I finished today and just rem to insert the link!

    Hope everyone had a good hols so far! Gong xi gong xi, great new year
    Here it is:

  19. Jerry Tan says:

    Apolagies, this is the correct link.

  20. Ximin says:

    @#$%!! So many fingers to cut must cut the thumb! Now how am I going to play PS2?


  21. Shamala says:

    Hi…i have finally done d assignment…

  22. Nashrin says:


    my link. sorry about the paragraphing. i tried to change it but it’s still stuck like that.

  23. Tharavathi says:


  24. Ng Hui Xian says:



    … so I just killed my layout because the divs was messing with… with everything, really. 😦

    hope you had a great CNY.

  25. theory says:

    OK, the submission gates are now closed. While I grade your work, have a good weekend y’all. πŸ™‚

  26. Ho Viet Hai says:

    Opps! I followed Vietnam time, which is one hour later than Singapore. Please accept my assignment mr Kevin,. Please !

  27. Jasmine says:

    Oppsie… I forgot to post my link earlier… Sorry…

    Here’s the link:

  28. Raihana O says:

    im bout 12 hours too late in postin my permalink up, really!
    rss feed to e rescue


  29. Cheon Ee Lin says:

    Hi Mr Kevin, you said in my blog comment that I am awarded a special mention award. However, I do not see my name in com125.wordpress.com. Did I make a mistake or?

    Thank you.

  30. theory says:

    I’ll look into that and let you know. πŸ™‚

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