This week in community building - Issue 41

Jun 29, 2020 2 min read

Inside R/Relationships, the Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit

How a subreddit seemingly destined to devolve into chaos stays remarkably sane. 🤷🏽‍♀️

“I cheated on my ex during our relationship and she found out shortly after we broke up,” a Reddit user posting from the burner account Khaleesiscorned wrote in the spring of 2016 in the subreddit r/relationships. “She’s blocked me on everything, but briefly unblocks me every Monday to send me Game of Thrones spoilers before I can watch. How do I get her to stop?”

How does spam protection work on Stack Exchange?

If you put a textbox on the Internet, someone will put spam in it. If you put a textbox on a site that gets millions of hits a day, lots of someones will put lots of spam in it. So Stack Exchange uses multiple layers to block all the spam coming in.

Lockdown is teaching us how to take art into the wider community

Elinor Morgan at The Guardian.

If there is something positive to take away from the pandemic, it is that we have been forced to be more creative in how we connect, communicate and make an impact. 🤔

When planning for lockdown, we asked ourselves the simple questions: what have we got in our toolkit and who are our core communities? We needed to work with what we had to hand, and focus on our responsibilities. Rather than imagining a faceless mass online, we wanted to be specific and careful in continuing commitments we had with regular groups. The museums guru Nina Simon reminds us that we cannot be all things to all people and that we are more effective when we’re specific. We decided to focus on artists, community conversations, collection research, and tools for children and families.

Masters of Community

New podcast from David Spinks of CMX

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