Community Engagement Strategies: Rational Debate or Herding Cats?

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Saturday 12th March, 2011

11:00am to 1:30pm (CST)

The promise of social communities on legacy media websites seemed bright at first. Ideally, communities on media websites inform journalists, have reasoned debate on issues, and add to the value of content on media websites. Or at least that's what was supposed to happen. Most legacy media companies have comments and communities, and many are let's just say less than accommodating to reasoned debate. We all know what I mean by that. How did this happen? Is it fixable? Should it be fixed? What are others doing to combat these problems? How does this conflict with first amendment values? On the other hand, many website communities exist without these problems. How did they manage to come into being? How do they stay civil? How do they continue to actually live up to the promise of informing journalism, having reasoned debate, and adding to content value? This panel will explore methods sites use to deal with nutjobs as well as how to encourage and reward productive members in the community.

LEVEL: Intermediate

About the speakers

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Drew Curtis

The guy who runs Fark.com, the most popular comedy news website in the world bio from Twitter

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Tucker Max

Author of 'I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell,' 'Assholes Finish First,' 'Hilarity Ensues' and 'Sloppy Seconds' (free on iBooks/Kindle) bio from Twitter

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Kelly McBride

Senior Faculty - Poynter Institute bio from Twitter

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Erik Martin

troublemaker. general manager @ reddit.com bio from Twitter

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20 attendees

  • Andrea Genevieve
  • David Stinemetze
  • DrewCurtis
  • jessica moreno
  • Geraldine Le Roux
  • Hanni Ross
  • erik martin
  • johnnyrotten67
  • Josepf Haslam
  • Katie Felten
  • Kelly McBride
  • kickme444
  • Katie Davison
  • Liz Heron
  • Danielle Szetho
  • Mike Orren
  • Mikael Nerde
  • Patrick O'Keefe
  • Sarah Rapp
  • Tucker Max

35 trackers

  • David Damore
  • Andrew G Davis
  • Anna Manasova
  • Devi
  • Brad Belote
  • Brian Truax
  • Chad Keck
  • Derek Curtis
  • emisare
  • Frank Chiachiere
  • Gail Doggett
  • Herb Zoota
  • Heather Alden
  • David Friedman
  • Jay Patel
  • Jen Lee Reeves
  • John Keefe
  • Jory
  • Orson Ka'ili
  • kathybabb
  • Kyle Wiens
  • Mandy Shunk
  • Martha McLean
  • Niran Babalola
  • Pelle Sten
  • Phil Hawksworth
  • Rachel Mercer
  • Ramin Ettehad
  • Joel Smith
  • Schuyler Erle
  • Seana Norvell
  • Aurelio Tinio
  • Vero Pepperrell
  • Gavin Bell

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Time 11:00am1:30pm CST

Date Sat 12th March 2011

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