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Community tools

14 Jul 2000

There are plenty of online community tools out there, some better than others, but all of them that I’ve seen share the fact that they are designed with large groups of untrusted users in mind. This assumption manifests itself in a number of design decisions: discussion topics are often highly categorized so that users can skip discussions which don’t interest them, users are typically not allowed to delete or edit their posts, group editing of a single document is difficult, etc. I’d like to see a community/ collaboration/ discussion/ whatever system developed that was specifically designed to be most efficient with groups of, say, half a dozen people or fewer. All the users would have administrative rights, and it would feel more collaborative than a typical online community. Any suggestions?