Why anonymity matters in online communities

In the last decade we've seen a not so subtle push toward "real name" culture by online giants like Facebook and Google. These businesses monetise your data, so the more they can quantify and attribute, the richer their offering and profit margins. It's a legitimate business model, but has nothing to do with building or managing great online communities. Anonymity … Continue reading Why anonymity matters in online communities

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Your community needs censorship

Communities aren't democracies by default. They're governed by a social rules and norms - whether publicly stated and consistently enforced, or organic and unspoken. If you want to build a successful community, you should be aiming for the middle of those two poles: A conduct framework that is relevant and real to your community members, and … Continue reading Your community needs censorship