Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sketchy new members?

What should our new member policy be?

Current state: anybody can join as long as they have a blog and are between 20-29

Problems with current state: If nobody is checking up on new profiles, people can just enter any url (yahoo.com, for example, has been used) and be accepted. This is a problem because we've had people join purely to abuse other members (our omnipotent pal Anonymous knows no ends!), and because we've had marketers join our group to try to learn more about this ever savvy 20-something age group (flattering and yet annoying)

Option 1: Stick with current state, rely on members to report abuse to me so I can ban stupid people from the network.

Option 2: All new members must be approved. Anybody can apply for membership, but they might have to wait a couple of hours or even a few days for admin to approve them. Reliable, but more work for admin

Option 3: You cannot join without an invite. It would make 20sb pretty exclusive (obvious pros and cons to that), and keep out abusers. Though about 99% of our members join from referrals, most referrals are from blog badges, not invites. We'd grow a lot slower, and potentially lose out on some new members who don't have an in.

I'm leaning towards option 2. What do you guys think?

28 comments:

Ben said...

Option two sounds easiest without having to end up looking elitist to legit starting bloggers looking to learn more about what they're taking on.

Easy for me to say since I don't have to screen a couple dozen members every week...

Jamie Lovely said...

I think option two would be easiest. Also, Lisa, I don't know how many people you have helping out, but if you ever need anything, just let me know!

The Dutchess of Kickball said...

I think option two would be the most efficient all around, of course that makes more work for moderators.

Maxie said...

I agree with option 2... I've seen some people on there that don't even have blogs.

I'm with jamie, just let me know if you need help with anything.

Tipp said...

I'm with the majority too. Option two seems the best, but it is more work.

People are used to the wait though, they have to wait for approvals on, ok I will say it, myspace and facebook.

I don't think the wait will scare people off.

elysa said...

I think option 2 sounds like the best option but we should enroll some people to helping with this. Perhaps we could have 7 people who would check it one person for each day of the week. That way on person knows every Monday it's their job to approve blogs.

Deutlich said...

I'm leaning towards option 2 as well.. and if there's some way to assist with this - just let me know :)

Renee said...

Yeah, option 2 sounds good to me... though I kinda like the eliticism of option 3. Haha.

tiff said...

Option 2!

Heidi said...

option #2 and if there's anything i can do to help let me know!

Jenn said...

I like option 2 the best. If you need help, you know where to find me!

Michelle & the City said...

there seems to be a consensus! you know where to find me if you need any help!

Viviane said...

Option 2 sounds best to me, if it is not too much work for the admin(s). Maybe you could get some volunteer moderators, that can approve blogs as well, if it is too much work for one person.

Heather said...

Option 2 sounds best to me.

(Option 3 would be my least favorite, at least at this point in time.)

srah said...

I like #2 too. And if you need volunteers, let me know.

glamorous152 said...

Option 2!!! I'd even help moderate new comers if you need help! :)

Arielle said...

Ha, I'm the only one that thinks option 1 is the way to go. I think an approval system is kind of extreme. If we get the occasional bad egg, they can be weeded out. But no reason to make more work for admins and make this an exclusive-r group when we should be extra welcoming =)

The Modern Gal said...

Option 2, def. I bet there would be a few people who'd volunteer to help screen too.

Of course, there would have to be some fairly clear guidelines on who gets approved and who doesn't.

Kiera said...

I'm in favor of option 2. :)

Phil said...

I, too, am in favor of option 2. It leaves you open for newcomers, and I think most bloggers would understand the reasoning... we all get spam and such on our own websites, after all.

Maybe we could do a rotation... have people volunteer and for one week each we can screen incoming invites. I'd be happy to help out. :)

Erin said...

I'm also in favor of option 2. It seems the most fair.

Also, I'm completely willing to help out. Sounds like a lot of people are. You don't have to screen blogs alone!

nat said...

Ditto to all the above.

Lara said...

i'm going to agree with those who said, "option #2, and let me know if you need any help!"

:)

Z said...

option 2 for me too

Um... Yum! said...

Ditto to what Renee said! hahaha

twentysomethingandclueless said...

I agree with most people on option 2, and I'm also willing to help out if needed! :)

Gooseberried said...

Option two for sure

jessica said...

I know I'm completely late on this but I agree...option 2 seems the best. I think there are a ton of us who would be willing to help.