Community managers unite! Handling conflict in online communities

Last week Catherine Hackney of Confident Communities Consulting, Arianna Rehak of AssociationSuccess.org, and I led the first “Community Managers Unite!” Crowdcast. I had a blast and hope you’ll watch the recording below. We heard from lots of association community managers about how they handle different kinds of conflict in their online communities. These ranged from…

Levels of order in online community: The art of banning users

I was listening to Community Signal (available wherever fine podcasts are sold) and Patrick O’Keefe’s conversation with famed criminologist George Kelling about applying the Broken Windows theory to community management. They discussed how behavioral demonstrations and “levels of order” can maintain a cohesive, orderly group, whether online or off. While the theory is somewhat controversial,…