Thank you once again for joining the Moon Shots community.
Yesterday I received the following wall comment from Moon Shots member Peter Roche
Jack I have a recommendation for you given you are the founder and organizer of this community. And that is that you add some guidelines for membership: use you real and full name; post a photograph so we can get a sense of who you are; and complete you profile giving us a sense of you interests, commitments and affiliations. FYI my practice is to ignore posts from people who use pseudonyms or avatars and if the accepted practice of a network is to allow that, or encourage it, I leave.
We are seeing more "invitation only" closed groups on NING to deal with this very issue.
This advice was gratefully received as this is the first community website I've started and I'm still learning the ropes.
Peter used the phrase "guidelines for membership" and I appreciate his sensitive use of language. But what I'm going to set out here are not guidelines, but the conditions or prerequisites for membership of the Moon Shots community.
The three membership conditions:
1. Provide your first name and surname
This may mean that you need to create a new Ning identity.
2. Upload a photograph of yourself
(not your house or your cat)
Line drawings such as those shown by George Pór
and Holly Masturzo
are also OK.
3. Display your profile
Please give us "a sense of you interests, commitments and affiliations".
If this feels a bit heavy-handed, I apologise. No one dislikes rules and regulations more than I do. And we are a group of renegades. But unless we apply these conditions we won't have a sustainable community.
We need to create and maintain a safe space in which people can participate openly and wholeheartedly without fear of who might be lurking behind an avatar or pseudonym. We have to be able to look each other in the eye and feel able to trust each other.
Perhaps you have already fulfilled the three prerequisites, in which case I thank you and hope that you aren't offended by this post. I want everyone to know that these membership conditions are now in place, and will be upheld.
Let's have it be everyone's job to make this work.
If you spot a missing photo or profile, or a meaningless name, please give the person a gentle nudge.
I propose a "three strikes and you're out" policy. If, after three reminders from me, the requested photo or information has still not been provided, the person will be excluded from the community.
It may be that some people are not prepared to meet the conditions and choose to terminate their membership. If that is the case, so be it.
Please share your comments and suggestions, and any thoughts you may have about how we can turn the Moon Shots network into a vibrant and productive community.
My friend and community member Steve Bridger
is a professional online community facilitator (he calls himself a "buzz director") and I will be seeking his advice.
With my thanks and very best wishes,
Jack Martin Leith
Bristol, United Kingdom
Tel: 07831 840541 (+44 7831 840541)