From Science Online London 2009
Cat herding: The challenges and rewards of managing online scientific communities
Arikia Millikan, Corie Lok, Ijad Madisch
This session will provide you with an inside look into how online science communities are built and maintained. We will discuss how to manage expectations, social/cultural issues, the role of moderation, differences between science communities and ‘other communities’, and how to encourage diversity/debate whilst maintaining some sort of order. You’ll come away with tips on how to successfully build community and maintain it throughout flame wars and other tribulations.
For more info, see the conference website at scienceonlinelondon.org