Thank you for agreeing to participate in our study!

Before we start, we'd like for you to read the informed consent information below. Informed consent refers to the voluntary choice of an individual to participate in research based on an accurate and complete understanding of its purposes, procedures, risks, benefits, and alternatives. Your activity in the system can be completely voluntary and can be anonymous, as long as you don't enter personally-identifying information (PII). We do not ask or identify any individual who plan to participate in this system. If you have any questions before participating, please contact the investigator, Philip Feldman at

Informed consent:

You must be of 18 years or older to participate.

The purpose of this study is to determine effective ways to anonymously report trustworthy news. You are being asked to volunteer because we are seeking as wide a diversity of participants as possible. You will be asked to participate as a player in a series of play by post dungeons. You will need to play to completion of each campaign to have your participation used in the study. Your interaction may take as little or as much time as you like to finish the campaign. Feel free to participate in as many campaigns as you'd like!

There are no known risks involved in participating in play-by-post systems. There are no tangible benefits for participating, but you may help to produce technologies that will allow people to report the news from scary places without fear of retaliation. Character names (or user names, if desired) will be mentioned in the "Acknowledgements" section of any published work that uses this research.

Participation is entirely voluntary; you may withdraw at any time.

Unless you explicitly include PII, all data obtained will be anonymous. Your data will not be shared with any other parties under any circumstance

This study has been reviewed and approved by the UMBC Institutional Review Board (IRB). A representative of that Board, from the Office for Research Protections and Compliance, is available to discuss the review process or your rights as a research participant. Contact information of the Office is (410) 455-2737 or

If you agree to the above terms, please click the "I consent" button below to continue