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Handling user who is brilliant but disruptive

The problem here is two fold. Firstly "too PC" is very subjective and going from completely open to having any sort of community guidelines might be "too PC" for some people, X in particular from the ...
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Handling user who is brilliant but disruptive

I answered a similar question on The Workplace about talented but disruptive employees. My answer there (and here) is that you need to weigh up the benefit of having the the talented person on board ...
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How can moderators prevent an 'in-crowd' forming?

The best way to do this is to include everyone in stuff and not show favoritism towards old users. When a old user posts crap, treat it like crap, regardless of who wrote it. If someone becomes an ...
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How do I participate as a new user in a community?

You've said you know the topic (i.e. you're not a newbie to the field) but you don't feel you're an expert. And you're reluctant to participate with people you don't know, perhaps (I speculate) out ...
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Handling user who is brilliant but disruptive

While the other answers are excellent, I would like to add another possible set of approaches. This answer is premised on the assumption that, if possible, you'd like to keep X as a contributor (...
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What should we do with a user who is using powers, solely given for technical tasks, to overreach and enforce rules?

Your expectation of compliance with limits is perfectly reasonable. You said that the powers were granted on a temporary basis. Therefore, they can be withdrawn. You can always give them back at a ...
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Handling user who is brilliant but disruptive

No Asshole Rule There is a very nice thing called "No Asshole Rule". It means that an asshole has two options: Stop being an asshole (which happens very rarely) Leave the community (or ...
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How to increase social coherence in a community with high renewal rate?

100 people with high turnover is getting too big for people to think they can know everybody. I saw this when I was in college with a local organization that had lots of college-age members (though ...
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What should we do with a user who is using powers, solely given for technical tasks, to overreach and enforce rules?

As you are using MediaWiki: In future, you can create a "task name Moderator" group and only grant its members the permissions required for the specific task. In this case, you could have added the ...
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Handling user who is brilliant but disruptive

Does anyone here have any suggestion about how to proceed to get a community that, while not too PC at least doesn't scare a lot of people off due to abrasiveness? I've been part of a team that dealt ...
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How can I get experienced users to ask more questions?

As others have noted, experts may feel they have fewer questions to ask. They don't necessarily actually have fewer questions, but they may feel the audience for some of their questions is too small. ...
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How can I get experienced users to ask more questions?

Why do you feel you need your experienced users to ask more questions? It's generally acknowledged that the more experienced users have fewer questions to ask because they've already been through the ...
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Handling user who is brilliant but disruptive

I don't know how you could specifically implement this in your community, but in the official website of an anime I was in, they handle users like that but giving them some sort of privilege which ...
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Handling user who is brilliant but disruptive

It's completely up to you. You can choose between X publishing 'brilliant' code for the community or letting him be rude. These are the two options you can choose between. If I was the moderator of ...
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How to make elitist users be nicer to beginners without "protecting" bad users?

I'd say it would be in the best interest of the community to try to deal with the new users first (teach them the rules, best practices, how to present themselves, etc.) and deal with the "old timers" ...
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How can moderators prevent an 'in-crowd' forming?

The fact is that new users ARE a burden on the community initially. They aren't familiar with how the community operates yet, they are disruptive and they often need help to learn how to fit in the ...
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How can moderators prevent an 'in-crowd' forming?

How can a moderator keep the old-guard welcoming of new users if this problem starts to arise? If it's a rule breaking problem (ie. rude comments to specific users) the policies the site was built on ...
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How to make elitist users be nicer to beginners without "protecting" bad users?

Enforce "good behavior" rules mercilessly, and without favoritism. I can't count the times a small group of old-timers got short-time (3 days, week - even some moderators got some 'time off' that way.....
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How do I participate as a new user in a community?

If you don't like jumping in to discussions of others, start your own and see if anyone jumps in with you. This way you can meet members of the community and feel more at home jumping in on other ...
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How can I get experienced users to ask more questions?

Incentivizing the task will yield higher results. I will make one suggestion that could get your expert users to ask more questions. As you know, competition can breed great results (and not so ...
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How do I participate as a new user in a community?

Ask and Answer. For a time ignore the "community" factor; treat the place as a tool for solving problems (yours and others'). You came there for some purpose - due to the subject of the community. ...
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How to make elitist users be nicer to beginners without "protecting" bad users?

Separating the new users from everyone else is only going to have negative repercussions for both parties. They are all going to be part of your community in different ways, but that doesn't give the ...
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