Gardens of Discussion: What Makes Online Communities Work?

John Drummond, Government of Ontario, Jan 15, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is one of those posts that feels like it's about half the length it should be - it starts out really well and then just tails off when it gets interesting. Still, there are some good bits, and I haven't linked to this site before, so it's worth a mention. I liked this observation just near the end: "I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to post. After fiddling around for a few minutes... I had the bright idea to look at a thread with only a few replies.  And there was the 'New post' button–right there at the bottom. Back at the 'Introductions' thread, there was no 'New post' button–just a 'More replies…' button.  'Really?  Noooo…' I thought; I clicked 'More replies…' and again… and again… loading 30 or 50 replies at a time. When I finally got to the bottom of the thread, there at last was the button I was looking for. Someone neglected to consider scale."

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