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Questions About Running Comms

A friend of theloomofmoira's is investigating methods for creating a board/community, and Mia had some questions on her friend's behalf about running/modding comms on LJ:

 

  • Can anyone start a group?
     
  • Are they easy to admin?
     
  • Can you make them private (where a person could petition for membership, which would be approved or denied depending on the vote of the group)? [I already answered this as far as privacy in general, but I dunno about voting.]
     
  • A board can't quite be organized the same as [a conventional message board], right? I mean, basically the format is most recent posts are at the top, and there aren't any subcategories one can sort them into... is that right?

So please, those of you who have set up and run comms, give us your wisdom!

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magicnoire
May. 2nd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Can anyone start a group?

Yes.

Are they easy to admin?

Depends on how complicated the community will be. I'm of the belief that modding a community is only ever as difficult as the admin makes it out to be.

Can you make them private (where a person could petition for membership, which would be approved or denied depending on the vote of the group)? [I already answered this as far as privacy in general, but I dunno about voting.]

Yes. I mean, you can locked the voting posts to members, post a poll, and then depending on the poll, the mods can approve/deny the membership of the applicants.

A board can't quite be organized the same as [a conventional message board], right? I mean, basically the format is most recent posts are at the top, and there aren't any subcategories one can sort them into... is that right?

That is correct. This is the main drawback of LJ comms. You have tags, of course, but it indeed sorts from recent to past.
lady_ganesh
May. 2nd, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
fandom_grammar has a voting process for mods that works pretty well, though it's a lot of work for the administrators. IIRC, you can have two levels of modding for a comm, though, regular mods and administrators, so that can help share the load.

Organizing through tags is pretty easy, but conversations do tend to die out as things go on. You can use HTML to put posts up at the top, like we did with livelongnmarry, but that's something of a pain.
theloomofmoira
May. 2nd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
a million thanks, choji :)
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