Give a man a fish, he eats for a day.Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.Why we moderate the way we do in the Social Media Strategy Community.Something that I have been asked quite often is why people can't just ask simple questions in this community.
The idea behind this is that I doubt 38,000 people want a constant stream of questions from beginners. It's nothing against beginners, whatsoever. We were all beginners once. It's just the nature of having to run a large community, as well as making sure we aren't the same as every other social media community out there.
Questions, conversational posts, and humor posts from a Social Media Professional, for example, are likely better in the related community of the same name: https://plus.google.com/communities/116349289168994843669
or questions specifically about Google+ would be better in communities like the G+ pro tips community https://plus.google.com/communities/105248841768188069608The Social Media Strategy community is more content-centric (i.e. we prefer content style posts over conversational posts, if that makes any sense).
Perhaps you have a question about using a new feature of Facebook. Instead of posting that question in the community..."Hey Guize! Pls How do I <insert action here> on facebook?"... in here we'd hope you will try to find a related post within the community using the search, or by browsing in categories, and simply ask within the comments of an existing post. You'll find much more success getting questions answered quickly that way as well.Now, let's say the feature isn't yet covered in a post in the community... well then...do the research outside the community (Google Search) - 99.9% of time, someone has already asked your exact question before!
You could find a blog post or article outside of Google+ that answers everything just by taking said question and dropping it into a Google Search. Afterwards, post a link to it (just as you would post about anything else), as well as a description of what you learned from the post, and any additional questions, concerns, or a discussion topic along with it. (need help creating good community posts? http://bit.ly/communitymember-guide#posting
)That way, content that is broadcast to 38,000 members isn't just about answering one person's question, it's about a learning experience for the entire community.
So please, learn to answer your own simple questions, and you'll find you can then turn around and use that knowledge to share and grow your connections within the community!