Dark Side of the Comment Section

If you’re involved with any kind of online facilitation, you may appreciate this article from The Guardian. They’ve done some research into the comment section, finding that much more abuse is directed at female writers than male. (Also, for web designers, some really good layout effects, especially the way they’ve integrated the graphs and the “how would you moderate this comment” bits.) There’s a whole series around this research, articles interviewing people who have experienced the maelstrom of massive online shaming and bullying.. and articles on ideas for making things Read More …

Brad Beach on Online Facilitation (15Aug)

Here’s one that’s too good to miss: via the TDC (Tafe Devt Corp),┬áBrad Beach from GippsTafe talks about Online Facilitation. Brad has been one of the truly significant leaders in this field for some time, and GippsTafe have run great workshops in online facilitation. Online facilitation is one of the major skillsets that i think people often overlook as they get into setting up online communities and networks. Whether it’s real time web-conferencing (synchronous) or round-the-clock discussion forums (asynchronous), there are many strategies you can collect and develop to help Read More …