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Social Design

The Clue Unit podcast is a (mostly) weekly discussion of news and trends related to online communities in the business context with Jake McKee, Lee LeFever and Christopher Carfi. This week we were joined by Derek Powazek, someone that we've talked about a number of times and took this chance to talk with him. We focused on Community As Business - Our current focus. Clue Unit #20: A Conversation with Derek Powazek - June 25, 2007 (iTunes) (MP3) (click here to subscribe) Episode 20, about... Continue Reading
You can find the slides for this talk here.  What makes a party feel like a party? Is it the music? the people? the food? alcohol? It's hard to say really, but when the right ingredients are mixed with the right atmosphere, it comes alive and becomes an unforgettable experience. All a host can do is make sure the right atmosphere and ingredients are in place and hope for the best. As it turns out, the same is true for online communities. The job of the community host is to set the stage for... Continue Reading
In this Information Week article , Cory Doctorow, author and co-editor of Boing Boing takes a look at how to deal with trolls - people that are toxic to communities due to their aggressiveness and persistent poor behavior. True to form, Cory uses a geeky radiological metaphor to explain the tactics... Discussion groups are like uranium: a little pile gives off a nice, warm glow, but if the pile gets bigger, it hits critical mass and starts a deadly meltdown. There are only three ways to... Continue Reading

Derek Powazek Says Goodbye to JPG Magazine

Posted by: leelefever on May 14, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: business, community, flickr, Social Design, worstpractices


Wow, interesting things from community people are just rolling off the presses lately. Derek Powazek is leaving JPG Magazine and 8020 Publishing (the companies he founded) - due to a disagreement with the partners. It's so sad to see someone work so hard and be so passionate about a community project only to see it controlled by someone else. His passion made it successful, just like Matt Haughey at MetaFilter. JPG Magazine is one of the community-based businesses that I cite most. It's a... Continue Reading

Matt Haughey of MetaFilter on Managing Community

Posted by: leelefever on May 14, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: best practices, community, Social Design


Matt Haughey knows community. He is the founder of MetaFilter, a very popular community site that is based on enabling members to blog about stories that are important to them. It's a real success story in the community world and I consider Matt one of it's real innovators. He recently started a new blog call where he is hoping to post an article a week on his experiences. His most recent post is Some Community Tips for 2007, which serves as an interesting review of the things he... Continue Reading

Digg Users Revolt, Founders Throw Up Their Hands

Posted by: leelefever on May 1, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: business, community, drm, Social Design


Wow. Josh pointed me to some of the rather strange goings on at Digg - a site where members control the headlines by promoting their favorite news stories. Apparently the site has been a hub for sharing the encryption code that can be used to access HD/DVDs. Digg received a cease and desist letter and tried to remove the offending links from Digg at the risk of being sued. From a post by Jay Adelson: We’ve been notified by the owners of this intellectual property that they believe the... Continue Reading

More on 43 Things "Neighborhood Watch"

Posted by: leelefever on April 17, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: best practices, community, seattle, Social Design, spam


A little while back, I wrote about a brand new feature from the Robots who created the online community site 43 Things . The feature is "neighborhood watch" and it enables "community members in good standing" to contribute to fighting the site's growing spam problem. Just to day Daniel Spils posted a follow up describing how it has worked so far. In attacking a problem of this scale, we knew we’d have to turn to our community of users and a few automated tools. Enter Neighborhood Watch... Continue Reading

Trust and the Currencies of Community

Posted by: leelefever on April 7, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, Social Design, Technology in Plain English


James Sherrett at WorkIndustries wrote a thoughtful email in response the my post on online community currency... My $0.02 is that to talk about communities and currencies is to mix metaphors. Currencies are more applicable to markets and networks than communities. Communities thrive on trust, which is a human element that I don't think we'll ever be able to replicate in a scalable system. I can see where James is coming from and, as I told him, I wish more people would question or... Continue Reading

2 Friends, Tag Drafting and Web 2.0 Personalization

Posted by: leelefever on April 7, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: blog, friends, Social Design, socialbookmarking


I've been inspired and impressed by a couple of my local Seattle friends who have, over the last year, become some of my favorite online community-focused bloggers. I first met Ryan Turner working on a big project with a large aero-space company formerly based in the Seattle area . At the time, Ryan impressed me with his mad workplace ethnographic skillz. Since then, he's gone on to work at the web design consultancy Zaaz and refocused his efforts on helping Zaaz clients wrap their minds... Continue Reading

My Interview for the Online Community Report

Posted by: leelefever on April 3, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: Social Design


I was honored recently to be asked for an interview for the Online Community Report, a newsletter-turned-blog to which I've described for years. Bill Johnston is the editor and his questions covered current community trends, examples of how corporations are using communities, areas of growth and what every CEO should know about communities. Link: OC Expert interview: Lee LeFever, Common Craft Good clean fun. Thanks Bill!