From the start, Bluelight has attracted academic researchers who are interested in understanding drug use practices and patterns. We have many academic researchers that participate in our community as forum members and some who are on staff. Our Drug Studies forum has been going since 2007 and has supported hundreds of research projects.
The Bluelight research portal is our appeal to academic researchers to consider engaging with Bluelight to assist them with their research. What we want to do is to continue to support open dialogue between researchers and our community. We believe this is a win-win situation for both parties: researchers get to recruit participants and get critical feedback on their studies, while our community gets to contribute to and access research results, and both get the chance to talk openly through the Bluelight forums.
While it is true that not all researchers play by these rules, we have had some successes, and we believe that as we build our connections with researchers, we will be better able to develop two-way dialogues that enrich both parties.
We have also been able to fund large parts of the running costs of Bluelight through the generous donations of researchers whom we assist. We hope to attract more researchers willing to donate so that we can feel more confident about paying our bills while keeping the forums free of advertisements.
Our pledge to the Bluelight community is that we will never compromise your anonymity. We will never give researchers access to your personal data. We will only support researchers who can prove their official academic status. We will review studies to determine whether their design and content meets our quality standards.
Whether you participate in a research project endorsed by Bluelight is entirely your decision, but you can trust that if the study is supported by us, we have checked it out and it is legitimate. If you still have concerns about researcher legitimacy or integrity, please contact the Drug Studies mods.
We appreciate your support of Bluelight's research portal and invite discussion in the following thread.