Importance Analysis of a Blog Quality Model for Criteria and Families in Different Blog Categories

Importance Analysis of a Blog Quality Model for Criteria and Families in Different Blog Categories

Zuhaira Muhammad Zain (Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and Abdul Azim Abdul Ghani (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/ijvcsn.2014070102
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A blog quality model has been proposed for bloggers to promote readers satisfaction. However, the model does not determine whether readers consider some quality criteria important, particularly with respect to different blog categories. In this paper, we employed a Rasch analysis to rank the importance of blog quality criteria for the Personal Diary, Socio-political Commentary, Humor/Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology blog categories. The authors identified the most important quality criteria and families for each category. The authors discovered that (1) the importance of quality criteria and/or families depends on the particular category with which a reader engages; (2) some quality criteria and/or families are more important for some categories but less important for others; and (3) certain quality criteria and/or families are equally important for some categories but not for others. The authors provide empirical evidence of the most important criteria bloggers and evaluators can focus on when they examine different blog categories. A blog quality model has been proposed for bloggers to promote readers satisfaction. However, the model does not determine whether readers consider some quality criteria important, particularly with respect to different blog categories. In this paper, a Rasch analysis to rank the importance of blog quality criteria for the Personal Diary, Socio-political Commentary, Humor/Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology blog categories. The authors identified the most important quality criteria and families for each category. The authors discovered that (1) the importance of quality criteria and/or families depends on the particular category with which a reader engages; (2) some quality criteria and/or families are more important for some categories but less important for others; and (3) certain quality criteria and/or families are equally important for some categories but not for others. The authors provide empirical evidence of the most important criteria bloggers and evaluators can focus on when they examine different blog categories.
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Quality is an important factor in the information technology environment. It is a vital requirement in information technology-related development (i.e. software, website, and information system domains). It is a composite of many characteristics that operate in particular development domains. Quality might be conceptualized as a quality model/framework that depicts composite characteristics and their relationships. Each model/framework can guide developers/designers during quality product production (e.g. software, data, websites, or information). Alternatively, users can employ a model/framework to evaluate those products.

Some commonly accepted software quality models include McCall et al.’s (1977), Boehm’s (1978), Dromey’s (Dromey 1995), and the ISO/IEC 9126 quality model (ISO 1991). They often serve as foundations for other models in different domains such as website and data development.

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