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Established Communities Are Largely Self Sustaining And Self Managing

Over time most members develop an understanding of community norms and what constitutes acceptable behavior. These norms reduce the need for a community to police itself or reduces the number of actions taken against unacceptable behavior. However, in the beginning most communities don't have this informal management.

It may be necessary establish a core of members who define good practice and mentor new members. These individuals serve as moderators for group activities, guides, or even teachers of certain practices to develop the group overtime. If possible seek volunteers who strongly support the community objectives, but often paid staff will be necessary.

Special membership requirements or dues reduces disruptions among members, also clearly defined community objectives help greatly. Members will come to respect the interactions between members and work in the benefit of the whole because subconsciously they don't want to impose on others.

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By Justin Hitt at September 11, 2003 5:11 PM  Subscribe in a reader

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