Top Five Community Management Blog Posts: March 2013

There were loads of great online community management blog posts in March. It was tough to single out five, but here they are.

1. Challenging Community Dogma

One of the reasons I love Richard Millington‘s blog is because he’s focused on analyzing data and shares what he learns. In this post, Richard tells us that much of the conventional wisdom about online community management just doesn’t hold up when you look at the numbers. It’s another welcome reminder that hard data should drive how you run your community, not intuition.

2. Why “real names” don’t equal better behaviour online

I’ve always believed that there is a place for anonymity in online communities. On the site that I’m associated with, Delphi Forums, a small minority of members use their real names. In this post, Alison Michalk lays out the reasons for allowing anonymity and rejects the arguments of those who say requiring people to use their real names is the only way to prevent undesirable behavior online.

3. How to Deal with Trolls and Fools in Your Community

The title of this blog post gets to the heart of why it’s so important: Trolls and fools are two different kinds of people, and you deal with each type of poster differently. Trolls, as Patrick Groome reminds us, are those that post messages with the sole intent of getting a rise out of others. Fools, on the other hand, raise the ire of others because they’re, well, fools. Patrick also reminds us that a contrarian can be good for a forum if he or she doesn’t get out of hand.

4. I’m Starting an Online Community, Do You Have Any Tips?

From time to time, I’ll see blog posts on how to start an online community. The good ones, like this post from Patrick O’Keefe, talk about the need to start small and not expect a thriving community overnight. In this post, Patrick also has other helpful hints about setting down rules, finding your audience, and incorporating advertising.

5. You Can’t Be a Part of Your Community’s Drama

In many cases, it’s perfectly appropriate — even desirable — for the community manager to be an active participant in the community. But as Deb Ng writes in this post, it’s never OK for the community manager to play favorites or engage in gossip with forum members. As Deb writes, the moderator’s job is to be inclusive, not divisive.

3 comments for “Top Five Community Management Blog Posts: March 2013

  1. April 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Hey Dave. 🙂 Thanks!


  2. April 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks so much for including my post, Dave!

  3. April 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Dave! Proud as always to keep such great company 😉

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