Excerpts from Wired’s list of "Nine Principles for Making Virtual Communities Work" (Godwin 73).

  1. use software that promotes good discussions

  2. don’t impose a length limitation on postings

  3. front load your system with talkative, diverse people

  4. let the users resolve their own disputes

  5. promote continuity

  6. be host to a particular interest group

  7. provide places for children

  8. Most important: confront the users with a crisis (Godwin 74).
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