- I used to run a community focused on intelligent conversation, and I made the naive mistake of NOT enforcing rules and censorship. I figured that intelligent people would be able to sort it out amongst themselves. I was wrong. [source]
- Grow your communities slowly and organically. [source]
- Read about the evaporative-cooling effect.
- Read Geeks, MOPs, and sociopaths in subculture evolution.
- Read Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism.
Beware cycles of nastiness:
10 points by visakanv 682 days ago | parent [-] | on: The Best Entrepreneur I Know
It’s interesting to look at your comment, and look at the nasty comment that it provoked. This is the starting point of a cycle of nastiness.You could’ve asked the person to elaborate or be specific, or even contradicted or questioned them- without saying “you lack <important skill>” and “try to <be useful> rather than <being unimportant>”.
Why so mean? Was the meanness intentional, or…? Genuinely curious.
See: PG’s hierarchy of disagreement
” What’s happening is a kind of evaporative-cooling effect- specifically, the very natural rise of cheap wit and sensationalism. These things trigger upvotes more easily. Pithy answers and responses get rewarded quicker by larger crowds, and this discourages the carefully-evaluated-and-reasoned answer.”