Welcome to the first issue of conduit
-- an interactive newsletter for individuals interested in online
community, the latest trends, news and opinions. It is our goal
to bring you the latest information, interesting articles, humorous
entries, reader's opinions and the most recent site question and
In this issue of conduit:
1) Featured Question and Answer: "My Post
2) Your Community Answer: "If you had a posted
deleted from a board, how would you respond?"
3) Community Wire: News articles support the importance
of the internet during times of tragedy.
4) Community Voice: Top 10 Ways to Increase
5) CommunityAnswers.com Asks What If?: What if..
the Government required access to all online communities and their
content before comments could be shared live?
Featured Question and
This issue's question was
submitted by a visitor who recently had one of
their posts deleted from their favorite message board. The
question was submitted as follows;
"I am regular user on a message board, and the
other day I got one of my posts deleted. In my opinion, it was
deleted unfairly and I am not sure what to do about it. Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated."
To view CommunityAnswers.com's suggestions, please
visit "My Post Was Deleted?"
~Are you searching for information on a particular
topic? Check out our searchable archive of past question and answers.
Your Community Answer
Please do not forget to share your
vote on our most recent poll; "If you had a post deleted
from a board, how would you respond? I would.."
Come on, what are you waiting for?
Make your vote count!
In the aftermath of the September 11th tragic terrorist
attacks both the positive and negative aspects of community were
strongly evinced. From articles posted on news sites to
chat room conversations to message board postings, they all
reminded us how important the internet is during times of
great devastation and difficulty. Wide-ranging and often
troubling emotional outpourings, political and religious
views and moving expressions of support, compassion and disorientation
flooded many online communities. AOL UK, for example, had
over 50,000 messages alone in their message boards designated
for the sole purpose of discussing the attacks.
Tragic times like this make one thankful for community
and online virtual communities, the power that they hold in bringing
people together and guiding them through times of sadness and
trauma. Where people can find no other physical avenue to
express their feelings it is often the online community which
gives them the opportunity to do so. The events of the past few
weeks show how vocal people can be during times of controversy
and stress, and how emotions can spill forth in text form. Being
a moderator during such times is particularly stressful, especially
when one's own emotions and views are strong, but these events
show that moderation is of paramount importance within communities. At
CommunityAnswers.com we are thankful for the community
teams around the globe and for all their efforts
during this devastating time.
CommunityAnswers.com expresses its deepest sympathy to all
the families and friends of those lost, and we would
like to express our gratitude to all the people who have come
together to assist in the rescue and healing efforts. For
more information on how you can assist, please call 1-800 HELP
NOW (American Red Cross).
~If you wish to submit an article or comment to
be featured within conduit's CommunityWire,
please do so by using our online submission form.
Top 10 Ways to Increase Site Stickiness
10.) Create reoccuring pop-ups that
prevent the user from leaving your site.
9.) Add a strip of fly paper to your
8.) Lace your navigation bar with
tree sap and add chewed up bubblegum to all hyperlinks.
7.) Alter your chat room door so
that there's only a handle on the outside.
6.) Use the "Quicksand" skin when
you choose a customization template from your message board
5.) Once a visitor has gone
beyond your home page, remove all navigation buttons, and disable
the "back" button.
4.) Make all your "Exit" signs point
in a circle.
3.) As evidence of the site being
"Under Construction", liberally leave buckets of wallpaper
paste and tile grout underfoot.
2.) Promise that the 1,000,000 visitor
to the site will receive that same amount in cash.
1.) Hint that one of your moderators
is <insert famous actor/actress> working undercover as
part of their preparation for a big movie role.
Do you have a funny "Top 10" that
you would like to share? Maybe you have written an article that
you wish to publish. Please review our guidelines for submission
and submit your ideas, articles and thoughts here.
What if.. the Government required
access to all online communities and their content before comments
could be shared live?
Share your thoughts,
and we will publish them in our next issue of conduit.