Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

Elsewhere: Story in .net Magazine

I wrote this story for .net Magazine last year. I believe it was published in the December 2008 issue. Looks like it just made it online.


Keep your Web 2.0 community happy
Running a web community can be fun and rewarding, but you’re always reliant on the good faith of your members. So what happens when rogue elements threaten to disrupt, even destroy, the foundations of your virtual society? Derek Powazek has some suggestions.

Aside: I’d never use “Web 2.0” in a headline. It’s a meaningless term now, if not always. My original title was “Don’t Create Supervillians” which helps the story’s lede make a bit more sense. C’est la vie.

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