Outrage and Group Defense

nudge for healthy online communities

Jaron Lanier suggests having some additional input or purpose or function to the community, aside from socializing, as a way to keep a community from turning into a festering troll swamp. He points to LinkedIn as a social platform that has managed to avoid a lot of the problems that Twitter and Facebook have, because its function is for professionals to advance their career.

Can see this on Codepen, too – it’s hard to troll someone when the only tools to do so are HTML/CSS/JS.

if it’s true that, for every positive online movement there is an equal (or greater) online backlash, then what systems can a community put in place to nudge people towards being their best selves?