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Hayden’s tips for moderating conversations in virtual space

As the community around The Louverture Project starts to grow, it’s worth keeping in mind Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s list of tips for moderating conversations in virtual space. (Via Boing Boing)

That’s what a wiki is, after all: a formalized conversation about a community’s understanding of a topic. For example, if you were to have a discussion with a friend in which you kept track of your premises on a blackboard – erasing and refining your points as your understanding developed – you’d have a crude version of a wiki. Wikis help a community refine and rework information in a way that’s transparent and egalitarian. A good wiki will also have a structure in place to keep the conversation useful for all the participants, and not allow bad-mannered users to have a dominant voice.

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