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Astro Turfing to help jump start a community

The big problem with Astro-Turfing is that the questions may well be of questionable quality or not even real questions at all. This is because you are sitting there thinking of theoretical issues ...
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Can't watch 24x7; how do we keep comments under control?

I see three problems: You need to get avid users to keep their comments under control. You need to get occasional users to keep their comments under control. You need to get avid users to help with ...
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How many complaints is enough to consider a post/comment as improper on an online press site

I would suggest that in a site where a large number of users will be seeing the content, you don't want a set number, but rather a set percentage. If you use a fixed number and set the number high, ...
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Should I remove a user that broke our guidelines in one thread from being able to comment on it anymore?

You have a user who is commenting inappropriately. If you prevent him from commenting then you solve your problem at the cost of any constructive comments he might have posted. You seem reluctant to ...
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Would reporting a violating comment beneficial if it has a rule reminder?

Is 'let it be' beneficial to me? Maybe the reminder can entice others to form a constructive response? That's something we can't answer for you, nor can we predict the actions and opinions of others. ...
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Do long-term "icebreaker" threads foster quality discussion?

I've had varied experiences with long term threads. In one of my communities, it is an online gaming community. We have a very visible fluctuation of users throughout the year. Our player base swells ...
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What can we do to reduce problems from comment explosions?

Before finding some possible solutions, I think it's important to review why there are so many comments. You say it's primarily because of opinion-based topics and I can agree here but there ...
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How many complaints is enough to consider a post/comment as improper on an online press site

Adding to AJ Henderson's answer: The percent of users that will see offensive content and notice a flag button may be lower than you would think, depending on your target audience. You may want to do ...
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Wordpress comments vs Forum

It primarily depends on what you're writing about. First off, you should know the difference between comments and forum posts. Comments are one-way communication mediums. People read your blog post,...
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Can't watch 24x7; how do we keep comments under control?

Perhaps point out to your "Trusted Users" that the moderator tools are available in the review section of the site. Let them know it would be appreciated if they keep an eye on the "Most commented" Qs ...
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How do I make my users comment on blog posts?

Another suggestion - If you have personal relationships with any of your readers, you can always send them a note to check out your blog and request that they leave a compelling comment on your blog. ...
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Embedded comments on a blog - in place commenting vs dedicated forum

It depends on if you are able to get the discussion thread to be readable on the post or not. I was the IT Director for a Nintendo related press site that got around 1000 to 2000 visitors a day and ...
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Astro Turfing to help jump start a community

When I started my first online community, a friend and I made a point of posting and responding to each other's posts until we got others to participate, as well. People do respond when they think ...
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