What If Everyone Did It?

We recently removed a post from FeverBee Experts.

The post wasn’t too bad. One member felt information from a personal blog would be relevant to the broader community so posted a link to it.

Was it useful information to the community? Quite possibly.

Should we have allowed it to remain? Probably not.

Our yardstick on these decisions is what if everyone did it? If everyone shared blog posts to external sites without any filter the community becomes a LinkedIn/Twitter wasteland of links. It becomes impossible to filter for quality.

If, however, everyone shares the same information within relevant discussions instead, then everyone benefits. That’s a valuable contribution to the group. And if there aren’t relevant discussions, the information wasn’t relevant in the first place.

There are other systems too. We could let each member share one great external post a month, or put forward their links for a quality review before posting. Both take up more resources than we have.

So for now we use the simple metric – what if everyone did it?


  1. KiheiMan says:

    If you are referring to the post I entered a little while back, a few observations are probably worthwhile:

    • The post was not sending anyone to a “personal blog”. Rather it was in a “professional” blog sponsored by Jive Software, Blogs: Social Business.

    • The perspective or fit-for-purpose of a community probably needs to be taken in to account. Here at Feverbee Experts, while there is no explicit indication for what it is all about, the Feverbee home page says “Practical tips to build online communities”. Since the blog post in question is a thought leadership series about incorporating “ideas”, there was a genuine desire to share this with everyone in the Feverbee Experts community.

    • Since Feverbee is a purported promoter and thought leader in the community industry, instead of removing the information I would have hoped that it would have jumped on the bandwagon and simply create a new category or home for such articles.

    Using our own communities as an example, had someone posted a similar article concerning the use of our products we would not have blinked an eyelash at the activity since it was in the context of the purpose of the community, use of the product and something many community users would have had benefit from reading, absorbing and acting upon.

    Full circle back to What If Everyone Did It?, again if it was my post exemplified here, it does not embody the consternation associated with the question. I fundamentally agree that if everyone did something then you need to ask this question. I fundamentally disagree that the specific post is something everyone would do.

  2. Rob Bosch says:

    I don’t think you should take the topic as personal as you do now. IF it is referring to your post, you could have posted your personal view and support that view with the link to the post. That would encourage discussion HERE instead of taking people off the forums.

  3. KiheiMan says:

    No worries Rob, and I don’t take this personally - just expressing an opinion (we NY’ers have that tendency :wink:). I can’t remember the exact wording I used, but I did try to construct it as a view (maybe I can try to do that better in the future).

    Update: When I look at what I posted in LinkedIn (which I think I may have copied to put here), I see how if I had removed the promotion on the top that it may have passed acid test here.

  4. Richard Millington says:

    I don’t think many of the stories I publish are based exactly on a 100%
    true event.

    Our clients would be pretty peeved if I began publicly sharing confidential
    information. So I tend to change or adapt them either to exemplify the
    point I’m trying to make, hide the identity of the subject(s), or just to
    make it read better (usually much shorter) than the full account.

    Yes, many posts are inspired by true events (this one almost certainly
    was), but to quote Carly, this song isn’t about you :slight_smile:

  5. Nick Emmett says:

    I think that’s a different thing @richard_millington - it’s your site. I expect to see those in here and, regardless of how many comments they get, sometimes they at least get some - and it’s good to have the ability to have a discussion around the topics you write about, if we so desire. also, I read them here as I come here more often than I do the main site. If you didn’t post them here, there’s a good chance I might miss them. I’m sure others would be the same.

    I think if you had a personal blog that you posted to, separate to the Feverbee site, then that would be different .

  6. Alessio Fattorini says:

    Totally agree, I do the same.

  7. Nick Emmett says:

    It varies for me - sometimes through notification, sometimes via Twitter but usually because I have a window/tab always open to the site so get the refreshed version of the site. If the notification pops up whilst I’m here then I’ll usually read it right then.

  8. Richard Millington says:

    so you keep the site open all day?

    …if only we could get everyone else to do that :slight_smile:

  9. Nick Emmett says:

    Basically yes - I’m a bit of hoarder so almost always keep open tabs and windows that I want to use the most often! Feverbee is one of those. :smile:

  10. Gear Buzz says:

    Favicon notification badges

    After Hawk’s podcast interview with Patrick @ iFroggy we have been
    experimenting with Favicon badges. But we found they messed up our jquery
    drop down menu’s so disabled them today - tomorrow is another day for the
    developer tasked with it. Fingers crossed we can get them live again! I
    love them! Thanks Hawk!

    Show your developer(s) this http://lab.ejci.net/favico.js/

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