Category Archives: communities

An opinion on media objectivity

Steve Outing’s recent column titled “Climate Change: Get Over Objectivity, Newspapers” has resulted in a firestorm of nasty e-mails and postings, according to Outing in his blog. An idealist would say objectivity arose from a desire to have an enlightened, … Continue reading

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L.A. Times editorial board decries Google News comments

The L.A. Times editorial board on Saturday scoffed at the principles of free speech and open information with an editorial claiming that “Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin … Continue reading

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12 tips for growing online communities

The Knight Citizen News Network has produced a list of 12 tips for growing positive online communities. This is as dead-on a list as I’ve ever encountered, so be sure to give it a read. Among the tips: The “if … Continue reading

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Knight-Batten Award finalists announced

J-Lab has announced the 2007 winners of the Knight-Batten Awards. The finalists include WashingtonPost.com’s OnBeing, Reuters’ Second Life reporting and the Orlando Sentinel‘s Varsity MyTeam site (woo-ha!). See the list of finalists here (with links), as well as the 2007 … Continue reading

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Responding to user revolts

Social networking blog Mashable has a great roundup of recent revolts by communities of users, including recent incidents at Digg, Facebook and Second Life. Some advice from the post: “However, if you like to play it safe, the lesson learned … Continue reading

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Keeping the peace in online forums

Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow writes in InformationWeek about how to successfully manage online communities and not allow the jerks (or “trolls”) from taking over the discussion. From the story: It can be distressing. If you’re part of a nice … Continue reading

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Guidelines for online communities

Metafilter founder Matthew Haughey has an excellent post on his blog about his suggestions for how to build online communities. Go read it, and read it again. Much of my time at the Sentinel involves working with a group of … Continue reading

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