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Cultivating Online Community Takes Time, Skill

Agenda Item: “Only after evaluating the quirks of an online community can you formulate the right strategy.”

In class I mentioned the Seton Hill University blogging community in regard to online communities and their development. I know that when we first began the blogging at Seton Hill they had to wait to evaluate what type of filters and firewalls that would need to be put into use in order to prevent malicious comments and spammers. Things like comment approval filters for unfamiliar users are good to have in effect. I know there have been more then a few times that I have either deleted or denied comments from spammers and people that just really didn’t have anything nice to say.

Now hijacking and hacking has only been an issue that I have experienced on a small basis. There were two occasions while I was working at E-Magnify Women’s Business Center that we had to deal with hackers. Last summer I was checking my posts to the website and discovered that our homepage was hacked by a group of Turkish Hackers. Why did they choose this site? Who knows? What I do know is that they were so good at what they did that we had a hard time cracking their coding because it was almost identical to our original code.

The second time I identified a hack on the website was this fall when I was clicking on the linked article titles on our homepage. The hacker had accessed our administration site and changed the URLS for the article titles and added a redirect to a site they wanted people to visit. This was simple to fix, but a pain none the less. E-Magnify’s online community does have in place filters similar to those used by Movable Type. In the reading there is mention of user guidelines, which I find to be a great idea. I mean any kind of user agreement is pretty standard these days.

For this article I commented on Daniella Choynowski's blog. I have actually had quite a few spammers write on my blog because they thought something I wrote or blogged about was stupid. In the end it is usually a malicious troll. One of my most popular entries was one on Lara Croft and her role in the feminist collective etc. People loved tearing that one apart.

I also chose to comment on Chris Ulicne's blog. I agree totally about the value of putting the local jokers on television. I had a hard time swallowing the idea of putting people on television and in news papers for the sake of making a local connection.

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