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Pattern Group A. Site Genres > Trust and Sociability

Trust and Sociability

It is true that some of the benefits and social cues of in-person contact are lost online. There are many benefits to online conferences, however: Your readers can be geographically dispersed; they do not have to be together at the same time; conversations can last weeks, months, or longer; and newcomers can join and read the history of the conversation so far.

Once involved, moderators must keep conversations on track and turn major digressions into their own discussion threads. Creating an online community is time intensive but well worth the effort when responsibility, respect, and a shared commitment to intelligent conversation are the standards.


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