How to Build a User Community, Part 1

Further to the discussion around what makes a sticky/re-visited site (answer was 'community') this article from Kathy Sierra, How to Build a User Community, Part 1, would seem to give us some tools and techniques to meeting that goal.
  1. Encourage newer users--especially those who've been active askers--to start trying to answer questions
  2. Give tips on how to answer questions
  3. Tell them it's OK to guess a little, as long as they ADMIT they're guessing
  4. Adopt a near-zero-tolerance "Be Nice" policy when people answer questions
  5. Teach and encourage the more advanced users (including moderators) how to correct a wrong answer while maintaining the original answerer's dignity.
  6. Re-examine your reward/levels strategy for your community

The comments are also enlightening, interesting and of most use.


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