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The point of this site is: This is a site for people building, administering, managing and cultivating digital communities. So no, discussion of SE specific problems should still be asked on meta.stackexchange


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Proposed Name: The Ban Hammer.


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I am an administrator/site owner of a medium sized gaming community that runs on a PHPBB3 board. We host multiple game servers as well. I've got a team of moderators that help keep the forum and game servers clean. I've run this site for 5 years, after taking it over from the original creator of the community who wanted to move on. In my time as admin, we've ...


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At its core this site is about Communities -- how to start them, grow them, manage them, promote them, migrate them from one platform to another, and sometimes even end them. Because communities are made of people, most of our questions are about people issues -- motivating, discouraging, or reacting to certain behaviors, interactions among users, ...


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Yes, I believe a users perspective is important too. Confirmation bias sucks, and adding in other perspectives is a great way to prevent it. To combat non-constructive questions, we do exactly what we do on other StackExchange sites. Flag off topic discussions. If the user is ranting, it's off topic. If the user is asking for advice on how to approach a ...


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I would say that the best way to judge what is appropriate is to look at how much relevant data must be present for an answerer to address your problem. If you're looking at a problem, like, say, "I have one user [A] who has been consistently harassing another user [B] in the community, and [B] has asked me to intervene and get [A] to stop. It seems that ...


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As I said on Monica's question already: I don't think we necessarily have to restrict ourselves to digital communities. Fundamentally, the patterns and required actions are the same. Offline communities offer more options for physical rewards and punishments (and much less anonymity), of course, but the psychology is often similar. I think, overall, a lot ...


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I guess I'll throw my hat in the ring as well. As someone who has been a moderator on IRC, forums, games, wikipedia and currently on multiple SE sites, as well as having led in person debates, I'm familiar with a broad range of moderation environments and topics. This set of experience ideally prepares me for being able to understand the relationships ...


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I would like to nominate Monica Cellio. profile for Monica Cellio on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/505925.png In particular, I've been impressed by the way Monica's contributions on the main site explicitly acknowledge the diversity of perspectives that exist within every community. ...


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Don't be a hater... be a hatter! Bring on the Hats!!!


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This question touches on a point of law. However, it does not seek legal advice about a specific situation: it is about general facts regarding the laws surrounding a class of situations. Legal advice about specific situations is problematic and generally needs to be provided on a one-to-one basis within the context of a formal attorney-client relationship, ...


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Moderation is not reserved to moderators. Stack Exchange is a prime example of this: even though user contributions retain their authorship, moderation activities such as editing and deleting other people's contributions are not reserved to the handful of users called “moderators”, but can be performed by any sufficiently experienced user. On Stack Exchange, ...


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When the purpose is to define a list for discussion, yes, that's fine. Use the code formatting and use MANY WORDS that are not too offensive, don't use one word. Here's an example: An appropriate automated word filter might contain keywords such as the following: ass pussy faggot shit shithead bugger Similarly, this is not a good example: pussy [hehe, ...


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I think community building works fine. I can't think of anything better.


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Scope: That type of question is indeed on topic here. (We even have a related promotion tag.) From the Tour Page: Ask about: Creating, expanding, and cultivating communities, their content, and the relationships among members Opinion based or not? We have almost all "good subjective questions." A lot of building a community is based on ...


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On why Moderators is bad, the main problem is that it does not accurately express the scope of the site and is not a broad enough topic by itself. There are areas of community building that involve the founders of the community or the members of the community, but do not involve the actual moderation. A community can not exist solely on the backs of the ...


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We are almost a meta-topic. We are a community about how to build communities. I think our largest problem is that Googling "Community Building" topics isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. Very few of our questions are a single paragraph or contain error messages or a phrase one would hop onto the internet to search. Instead, we have questions that ...


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I feel that we are going to have specific platform questions. Moderation isn't only people and psychology. It also involves some technical work and each platform is going to handle tasks differently. That is part of moderation and should not be discouraged. Not every question can be a broad question covering every aspect of every platform. Sometimes you ...


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We engaged a CM back in August when the original topic was created. We were told that name changes are a one time thing and that it was a bit early in the beta to request such a change. Based on that, we'd hoped that the previous topic would come up with either clear indication of what the community wanted or a stepping stone of where we should go next, ...


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Seems like Community Building Stack Exchange is the winner! It'll take a little while to push this change through, because the site's "real" name has a lot of dependencies internally, but I promise it is coming. Edit: aaaaand done! Enjoy!


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This is a PG13 site, the use of swear words is not disallowed. Swearing for the sake of swearing (flaming) is obviously not allowed, but if it's part of the legitimate discussion, I see no reason to disallow it.


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No, “this is a request for external resources” is not a good reason to close a question. That's not to say that a request for external resources is automatically on-topic, but the fact that a question can be interpreted as a request for external resources does not automatically make it off-topic. If a problem is best solved by applying an existing tool, so ...


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Moderators.SE is (and in the proposal already was) intended to be about communities. There's a reason the matter of community management was brought up repeatedly. Of course that means mailing lists are on-topic as well - the behavioural patterns and required oversight, are similar. The site does not even need to restrict itself to written or online ...


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One of the hard things about sites like this is that I, for whatever reason, might not want to reveal much about where I am coming from and what I am asking for. It might be for a site I work for, or some place I volunteer, but I might not want the information to be easily traced back to its source in case a user/employer/whatever figures out I am talking ...


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We have a few very broad tags that might need to be removed, or differentiated: community This tag tells us very little about the question. Every question is, in a way, about a community. The only question featuring this tag (as of writing), is primarily about rules, not about the community - the rules tag could stand mostly on its own here. interaction ...


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We started strong in the private beta, but we are currently at less than 1 new question per day, according to the Area 51 stats. The guidelines say that 15 is a healthy beta and 5 or fewer needs some work. First of all, I'm going to relate this to Arduino SE, where I am also a moderator. Check!: subtle promotion of site :D At first, there were a ton of ...


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I say yes*. It is related to moderation and is something that moderators have to deal with often. However, I do not think we should allow these questions: Questions about what is correct grammar Other questions that are not directly related to moderation or management of a community Other broad/subjective questions For that particular question, it seems ...


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One of the ways "Moderators" could restrict the scope and growth of the site is it's close association with the role of moderators on Stack Exchange. People could see the site and think "oh, that's for people who moderate Stack Exchange sites". Now while this may have been the initial thrust of the site, we've seen that there's not enough traffic in this ...


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COMPLETED Non-digital communities. We've said we support non-digital communities, but we have no questions. Let's start a series of questions related to this aspect of our site. One example of a more focused "non-digital communities" theme is questions related to your neighborhood. Any community defined primarily by geographic area or physical proximity ...


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I just went through and re-tagged any questions that only had the community-building tag on them. I propose we simply nuke the tag now.


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