If you’ve only just launched your group, you may think that blocking members and handling spam posts may be something you’ll only need to worry about way into the future. But, you will be surprised how early trouble comes to a group without sound and active moderation.
Good group moderation is fundamentally an exercise in common sense. All you need to is a reasonable set of rules and some consistency in applying them (with just a bit of flex thrown in to handle the grey areas).
In the rest of this chapter we’ll discuss how you can create a constructive atmosphere of mutual self-respect in your group, where members stick to the rules with little intervention from you and group moderators. We’ll show you how to diligence member requests to avoid the wrong types of people from joining your group, and share practical tips for turning spammers from a nuisance into valuable opportunities for relationship-building and cross-promotion.
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