Testing Motivational Crowding-Out Theory on reddit

Testing Motivational Crowding-Out Theory on reddit

This project explores the relationship between extrinsic (monetary) rewards and intrinsically motivated behaviour in the context on the online discussion platform reddit. Data was obtained from the online forum over selected periods between January 2014 and August 2017.A python script was written to scrape data from the website, including the following variables for each comment; opening poster of the thread in which the comment is contained, date of that thread, comments in that thread, textpost of comment, upvote ratio, and time of the comment. Our python script to scrape reddit subreddits can be downloaded here.