Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Forum Management

Fortuitous gives us seven tips for managing a successful community.

  • Take emotion out of decisions.
  • Talk like a human, not a robot.
  • Give people something they can be proud of.
  • Bring users in during community decisions.
  • Moderation is a full-time job.
  • Metrics spread the work out.
  • Guidelines not rules.

Check out the post for a detailed explanation of each.

As a forum moderator and blogger myself, I agree with each of these as important ways to keep any online community healthy and happy. I haven’t had any trouble yet, either here (thanks to Akismet catching all the lovely spam comments) or on the forum I moderate. (I wonder if GTD cuts down on forum trolling, or if I’ve just been lucky.)

I think one of the keys to keeping members of a community happy is to guide conversations. Ask relevant questions and respond to posts with carefully thought-out posts of your own. I think this either prevent the endless opinion war, or else makes harassment obvious enough that no one will blame you for banning a troll.

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  • AMistyCrissy

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    It is so interestingly here, especially in “http://www.megantaylor.org/wordpress/2007/05/16/forum-management/” category.
    I was surfed about 2 hours before found this site. I think i’ll be here for a long time! :-*

  • AMistyCrissy

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    I guess http://www.megantaylor.org – wonderful name for this site! ;)
    It is so interestingly here, especially in “http://www.megantaylor.org/wordpress/2007/05/16/forum-management/” category.
    I was surfed about 2 hours before found this site. I think i’ll be here for a long time! :-*

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  • GymnVioffmimb

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JC9wPGvYM8

    some of them are not bad but… internet is crazy

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