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You should handle it just like any other threat to someone's life. A person threatening suicide, or to kill someone else, is still threatening to kill someone. The only sensible thing to do is try and report it. If you have the visitor's information, you may be able to get in touch with a local police department. This might be difficult if the visitor is ...


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As a general rule of thumb, I would moderate in keeping with how you want your website to be perceived. For example, if you have a business website, it may not be in your best interests to allow profanity or crude humor in your forums. Ultimately, you're responsible for what appears on your website, either by what you create or what you allow, and the ...


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First of all, you need to know a few things about your forum before you can solve this problem. Ask yourself: Why did people visit your forum in the first place? Why did people leave? Is there any way that you can bring the things that people visited your forum back, and remove the things that caused people to leave? If you can't, is there anything you can ...


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When I read "... that I would like to approach to build a web portal for them ..." the red flags went up. They haven't come to you (or your competitors). They don't know they need a web portal. My experience is that people aren't interested in hearing about solutions to problems they don't know exist. Instead, try going to them and asking them what ...


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For minor rule breaches by new users, don't send them a message telling them how to use the system. New users need help using the forum system, they do not need criticism. You want them to feel that you and your community is welcoming, friendly and helpful. You don't want them to feel you are pedantic and overly strict. The wording of you message is ...


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Here is a blog post that Dan Blumenthal (a friend of mine) wrote about shutting down a long time project and website. I think that he handles the situation well. Post about the shutdown fully explaining your reasoning on a blog so that people looking for the resource can figure out what happened after the fact. Email your users explaining the situation ...


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I run a popular forum and we have certainly felt the effects of competing forums, Facebook, blogs, etc. I've run my forum for over a decade and there are more distractions now then ever, wether it be FB, Twitter, blogs, iphone games. People need to have a motive or incentive to post on your forum. More importantly they need to crave it and not be able to ...


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Reddit has a "suicide watch" forum at http://www.reddit.com/r/SuicideWatch/ where users can go for help. You could point the user there, in addition to calling the police in his area. Here is a list of international suicide hotline numbers: http://www.reddit.com/r/SWResources/comments/c305t/hotline_numbers/


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The biggest flashing red light with screaming alarms is when someone starts talking about how they are going to do it. If you ever hear or read about anyone talking about their own suicide in terms of how they would/are planning on executing it then you owe it to them and your conscience to try and get them help. How to do that is answered elsewhere in the ...


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I remember reading the terms of service when I signed up for Flickr, and they had what I thought was a very clever sentence near the end: Don't be that guy ... You know .. that guy. This told me that Flickr holds people accountable for their behavior and doesn't tolerate harassment. Note, harassment is subjective. One person may take what you say in ...


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It depends on context (as others have mentioned), but one rule of thumb would be to ask yourself "would I have written this for this website". So on a business site you might not allow something you'd be OK about on a personal site. However, hate speech is hate speech and while it might not be illegal or personally attacking a specific user it must be ...


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I realise this is an old question, but I figured I would give my answer anyway because I think this is something that is going to come up for other people. The best way to do this in my opinion is to use a trust network, you allow 15 or so people you personally know into the system and you give them the ability to invite 5 people. The core 15 will ...


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I guess it depends on the content of the site, if it was an adult site you might want to include the transgender options. But don't transgender people identify themselves as either male or female? Why not leave it at that...or if that isn't enough, put "other" which often puts a smile on someone's face.


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Maybe you can consider to sell your domain name under the condition that the new owner will place a good looking message about your shutting down and a link to how to find your new domain and your apps: a message in your wordings on his front page (or maybe somewhere else too), with your (old/new) logo for better recognition, in the px dimensions and ...


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OpenAtrium is based on Drupal and for free. The default organizational unit there is a group. It provides a blog and a notebook (wiki) and some features for each group. It took me about 1h to install and configure and I have seen some nice themes for it as well (but not yet tested).


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A lot of that falls back to the moderators and others on the site. If they rip the person that posted and make them feel like the intentionally did something wrong, or they're dumb, etc., they will not return or continue to participate in the forum, and sadly that's what happens on a lot forums. I guess if I was running the forum I would probably have ...


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tldr the sites that have an upvote feature have the following characteristics in common: The ability for people to provide feedback on why they upvoted a post. A very good explanation on why there is an upvote mechanism, that most users understand. They all started out with an upvote mechanism, so nobody had to make a painful transition. They don't listen ...


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Rather than go to the massive trouble of setting up your own site, unless you want to do anything too advanced you might want to save a few weeks of you life and just try out sites.google.com. It's so easy, way more than Joomla. It's so easy to set up an entire website that looks processional and can be set to only be accessible for people who you, the ...


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In my experience, doing work 'now' for some kind of equity or compensation 'later' almost never works. What usually ends up happening is the project becomes a weight attached to your ankle. I'm not saying don't do it, but I would: Not expect a lot in return from the site itself. Perhaps doing this could be a catalyst for additional projects that pay ...


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This is almost entirely a content-dependent question. A political debate website will have stronger opinions that may come off as hate speech than a website devoted to furries. My only caveat to censoring any speech is that once you start censoring you will seem to (at least according to you users) to condone other opinions they may find hateful. As the ...



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