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How to build online community

Teresa Nielsen Hayden on the blogger Code of Conduct:

You can’t have a good online discussion without moderation.

She’d know, too. Making Light is one of the most healthy and interesting online communities you’ll find.

For what it’s worth, I do delete comments. I delete anything that looks like spam, and I don’t tolerate the pointlessly obnoxious. Fortunately, I get very few pointlessly obnoxious comments, so I almost never choose to delete anything aside from spam.

1 Comment

  1. I call B.S. on that. I’ve had many good online discussions in unmoderated forums. Moderation may help, and there are certainly many forums where without some form of moderation I wouldn’t bother to read let alone participate, but as a absolute requirement? Piffle.

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