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Problem

Community members want to share ideas, views, and opinions with other like-minded individuals, whether they live across the street or across the planet. However, a host of issues must be resolved, such as community usage policies, moderation of forums, anonymity, archives, interaction, trust, sociability, growth, and sustainability. The challenge is to strike a balance within the online community.

The ability to have ongoing conversations with anyone, anywhere, anytime, is one of the most powerful aspects of the Web. However, many issues that are intrinsic to online communities are very different from our everyday experiences in the real world. In this section we discuss many of the policy issues that have to be resolved for all community conferences.


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