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How can I promote a splinter SubReddit with few subscribers?

I like the setup behind r/ChangeMyView. But it has too many rules that they keep toughening! For example, if a moderator falsely accuses you of violating their Rule B, it's grueling to "...
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How to build a community around a private project?

I am planning a web application and have actually gotten started on it on my own, and I am now trying to reach out to people so I can find others who'd like to contribute or join the project. After ...
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Should disability be a mitigating factor or aggravating factor for code of conduct violation consequences?

This question was suggested in an aside in the question Is it more difficult for autistic people to adhere to a code of conduct (in written communication)? . As the OP of the above question mentioned, ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of using rank advancement for selecting moderators

I am part of an online non-Stack Exchange community. For the past two years, it has been ruled as a "benevolent dictatorship" by the founder with nearly all issues handled personally by her, ...
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What are some uncommon, but useful, rules for public forums?

So there are many rules that come to mind when establishing codes of conduct or user policies for forums - no spamming, hacking, etc. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with perhaps less ...
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How do splinter groups get popular, when they deal with the same content as the parent group?

Is there a term for such splinter groups? Any tips on how to grow in subscribers and numbers?*(= I am referring to SubReddits like r/wallstreetbets2 that splintered off r/wallstreetbets, and r/...
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A good interface for parents in an elementary school: email, web, mobile, or something else?

I'd like to build an online community for my son's elementary school. It's hard for parents to communicate right now. I'd like to have an easy-to-use online place where a parent can post a question: &...
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How does someone get a job as a community manager or social media person? How do you even define your skills?

I have been volunteering my time as a Facebook admin for both page and groups (I am a FB power admin), YouTube moderator (particularly for live streams), and for a largeish subreddit (>500k) as a ...
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Is it more difficult for autistic people to adhere to a code of conduct (in written communication)?

As a moderator on Stack Exchange, users suspended for rudeness have repeatedly argued along the lines of the following: I am autistic and therefore I am unable to recognise when something I write is ...
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Are there benefits of having SSO (single-sign-on) capability in an online community?

If you have a site with accounts and you have a community whether it's a forum, a discord server, etc are there any benefits of having SSO? I thought that it may encourage new users to sign up since ...
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How to make it easier to join a community?

I have a Discord server, with just over 3k users. However, we have noticed a slowing down of new members joining, and Discord's server insights state that the server is "hard to join". ...
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Discord guild consequences for member below minimum age

What are the practical consequences of having users below the minimum age (as defined by the TOS) for a discord guild? I'd especially appreciate personal experience.
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How To Deal With Impersonation?

Me and my friend are making a website which has a chat room on it. However since we do not have access to servers, and thus cannot use php or other languages used to make profile systems, the closest ...
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Do I need any license if I want to contribute in open source?

I wrote a code(in Java), and I want to publish that to coders community. Yes, I want to contribute to the community but wait, what if someone copies my code and puts their license with my code and ...
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How to encourage users to report scammers in private settings

The Context: Recently in a Discord server which I moderate, I've noticed there are a few problem users which pop up every now and again, which Direct Message random users, with a standard scam which ...
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Best practice to balance the dynamic nature of a community

On Stack Exchange Networks, sites are called "communities". I have observed that many users (let's say N) come to join the site, several of them (S=N-100) stick with site for a while, very ...
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What is the best way to control trolls and spammers without a profile system?

How do you control a growing community without profile systems (i.e. so users can't be warned, kicked, or banned reliably)? I am making a website that is slowly getting around our school, but I have a ...
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How and where to find a good community manager? [closed]

What are the criteria for being a good community manager? What expectations can you have from a good community manager? Where is the best place to look for someone to manage a starting community? Do ...
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Should access to an Online/Crowd-Sourced Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) site be fully open?

I am attempting to create an online Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) web site/forum. The site/forum aims to assess the costs and benefits of state and local level legislation through crowd sourcing. ...
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Most volunteers provide me their images for acknowledgement. How should those without image be handled?

I have a project and have several retired and current volunteers. I ask all volunteers to send me their images so I can put them in the acknowledgement page. However some don't reply me (who are also ...
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General Rules of Conduct

This is regarding what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in usual online discussion forums, or social networks. I have a specific question from what happened in another discussion forum. In ...
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Why is moderation important?

After trying to draw some attention to a community about the lag time in review queues being handled, I was met with this response from one of the users: "I'm still confused why should I care ...
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Using Slack for Communities with open invites

We are a small community around a bunch of Open Source projects and would like a common place to chat. In the past we've used Slack but Slack has changed their APIs (in 2020 and 2021) so automatic (...
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Controlling who's speaking on a voice conference

It looks like we have a problem related to controlling the pace of our voice discussions. Here's some background: We're a hackerspace: a creative organization where one's status in the community is (...
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How do I create a tag based community for our sdk and suite of softwares for our company?

We have our own set of SDKs. We want to build out our community over StackOverflow for the developers. What is the way to build such a community?
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How can we get users to participate more in Meta?

Matter Modeling Stack Exchange went live in mid-2020 and I'm quite happy with the participation level on the "main" site compared to other new SE sites, but I would like more people to ...
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As a regular user, how can I encourage another to do something for themselves?

I'm a member of an online community of developers (not a moderator). It's not specifically a Q&A community, but the community allows people to ask for help, of any kind. Obviously, like on Stack ...
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What to do when someone provides support money?

I run a nonprofit project and someone supports me with money. Beside thanking them, what else I can do? Should I publicly thank them, so that (1) they are proud, and (2) others will be motivated? If ...
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What reasons make enthusiastic members not being active?

I am a novice in community building, and am managing a group of ~8 volunteers for a nonprofit plan that I initiated. The group is running via Facebook chat. I understand that leader should be active, ...
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How reasonable is it to hold chatbot authors accountable for their bots' behavior?

In a non-Stack Exchange online community, there is a chatbot that runs with the permission of the administrators. The primary purpose of the bot is to analyze the posts of others and suggest helpful ...
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Banned user status: visible Vs. invisible

When certain users are banned, some online communities do not display their banned status, while others do. What I am not referring to I am not referring to the visibility of the banned user from ...
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How to create a crowd-sourced news platform, avoiding certain issues of existing news platforms?

The Problem: When I read/watch/listen to news in official media of various countries, I struggle with some issues: Strong overall focus on some topics, ignorance about other topics Priming, in the ...
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How to change a policy that's has always been this way but needs to be changed now?

I'm a member in a local community which is associated with multiple associations above it (think of it like statewide, nationwide and so on). There are a lot of layers to the community. However, the ...
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How can I transition a mostly physical community in a mostly virtual or hybrid one?

Due to current events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, physical meetings are prohibited and can be punished, severely, in the country I live in. We are an organised service club. Normally, we ...
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All In A Name : Going off-topic when you're a niche community

I'm starting up a small community, and I currently have a very brandable name which is very suited to the type of posts I'm going to be ( primarily ) making. I use the word Primarily here bacause I ...
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What is the threshold of engagement that determines an active community?

Is there a metric that defines a difference between an engaged community versus content produced locally by the agent? What is a good protocol for scaling up and scaling down when the threshold on ...
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What to say for milestone celebration post?

I have a Facebook group about philosophy, and it gets 1000 members. How should I celebrate this, and encourage people to engage and interact?
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What should a moderator do if a user posts content on a site that is well-meaning, but unfriendly in content?

A user posts questions and/or answers that are well-meaning, but unfriendly in content. Their posts get a lot of upvotes as well as a few flags. What should moderators do?
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Adult Edition Online Community

I'm starting a new online art and entertainment website but I'm facing an censorship issue. As the site is art orientated, and of a certain niche ( not "adult" ), it is a certainty that from time to ...
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"test" chat channel taking over the main one - what are my options?

I'm trying to start a hackerspace in my city. We have a community of about a dozen of people that regularily meet together in person and a chat channel where we socialize between meetings. During one ...
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How to handle communication with user wanting to small talk with admin all the time?

This person is always trying to start a private conversation about pretty much anything with the group admin over Telegram. The questions asked are from those related to personal matters to those ...
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How should I select a Lead Moderator from my mod team?

I have a small, diligent moderation team for a game I develop for and run. They handle problem users and organize events. They also act as a bridge between the community and myself, such that I'm made ...
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Rankings: How to deal with low number of reviews for user generated content website?

I have a community based website and I am receiving some complaints about the way I make the rankings of content. The focus of the platform is user-generated reviews. The problem is that I use an ...
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Several communities on one platform. How can moderators adjust the behaviour of a new user from a different community who has just joined my site?

We have a network of 100+ Q&A sites. A user active elsewhere on the network joins a new community and starts posting non-friendly answers and comments. A moderator contacts the user. The user ...
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What should moderators do if a user joins the site just to share negativity on meta?

We have a network of 100+ Q&A sites where each site has an associated meta site. A user signs up on a new site and immediately starts posting questions on meta about how poorly the site engine ...
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How to stop a behaviour that certainly is negative but technically does not break the rules?

On a Q&A site a user occasionally breaks the rules a bit here and there, but not so that their posts get flagged. For example, they post comments like "It would be so great if moderators were ...
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How to handle a user who violates some rules in a way allows the user to save face while stopping bad behaviour?

Imagine that we have a Q&A website. A very active user of the site violates some rules (for example, creates a puppet account). Moderators agree that there is a problem, but they don’t want to ...
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How to de-escalate a situation when a user balances on the edge but others who want to correct them go beyond the rules?

The described situation happens on a Q&A site. An active user spends a lot of time on posting comments with recommendations on how to improve others’ posts. The comments are kind of short and even ...
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Twitter Accounts | Single topic, or multiple topics in one account?

Lets assume that I begin a twitter account referencing: My preferences towards MUSIC Inspirational ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SHORT STORIES that I read and enjoy In my mind, the goal of this account is ...
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How can one organise moving a large Q&A community?

Imagine a large healthy online Q&A community hosted on a platform developed and maintained by a commercial company. Suppose that the community is increasingly dissatisfied with the direction the ...
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