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Ujjal Bhattacharya

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i think this might help fellow bloggers who spam on different communities on how to conduct themselves on Google+.
A comprehensive guide to Google Plus etiquette for new network users. Follow this guide to increase visibility and avoid potential pitfalls.
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Jane Donaghy

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I am currently an owner of a group & looking to step down, but no one wants to step up.
Can a Google+ group exist without an owner, with only moderators?
Or can all moderators be promoted to owners?
I am not keen to close the group but no one wants to take over.
Thanks for any advice on Google+ rules & experience on this. 
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Thank-you for your advice, I have really appreciated the volume of information you have all provided.
A moderator has offered to step up & we will share the responsibility together.
Thanks again.
Jane 
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Joost Schuur

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Does anyone have any pointers to especially well written set of community guidelines?

I'd love to see something where the tone doesn't come across as too authoritative, and yet it still clearly spells out what is allowed, what isn't and what is encouraged. 

Too many communities just post a set of 'don'ts': 'Don't self promote. Don't get off topic. Don't linkdump. Don't post in a language other than English...'.  That doesn't come across as very friendly, and it targets a subset of members, many of whom are quite happy to ignore them anyway for a quick drive by post.

It's akin to reminding the whole movie theater that movie piracy is a cime, as if they think everyone's a potential offender.

Perhaps something that outlines the spirit or philosophy of the community and its goals? I'd love to see some guidelines that go beyond damage control and actively guide a community towards those.
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While some guidelines may seem harsh, they're a necessary must if you want people to respect your community and its members. I for one work as much as 100 hours a week to manage my social properties, including communities, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let people trash the hard work of myself and others.
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Dale Earn

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Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald Law Firm Location: 538 Riverdale ave Yonkers; NY. 13 Lawyers mix Dominicans an Irish. Conning clients out of thier money after lawyers win the case. Medical Malpractice; Con - Artists. 90% for them an 10% for the clients take it or leave it. They stay with the child's compassation Medical funds money. If child doesn't use it all during thier age range. Money gose back to Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald. Instead off money going back to child's bank account. So becareful with these Gamberlers; Heroin; cocaine; Weed;. Vimper Good Life Living Lawyers user. Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald.
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Gary Ray R

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A Suggestion for Mods of Very Large Communities

If you are a mod of a big community with multiple moderators, I might suggest that one thing you can do to help communication between mods.

Our community is heavily moderated, we really, really want folks to follow the guidelines, and believe that is one of the reasons that the community keeps growing. 

Set up a private community of just the moderators/owners.  Then when you have issues that need discussing (like "is this post really good for our community?") you can post to the private community for discussion  between mods.

We have done that and it really helps on those posts that may fit the guidelines or may not.  Also we use it to discuss tweaking the guidelines, to reduce confusion and hopefully make the community more enjoyable and easier to use. 

And to tell you the truth, to sometimes vent after being called names for just doing our volunteer jobs.
Thanks
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I moderate in a community that's past the 68K mark. Myself, one other Moderator, and the Owner who pretty much just lets us handle everything because we are. All I do is Gchat (Hangouts) back and forth with the other Mod on occasion. I probably handle 90% of it myself. 
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Debbie Krueger

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This guy needs to be stopped! I have reported him to G+ 5x myself...not heard a word.
 
Hey +Google+ +Google+ Help +Euro Maestro +Brian Glick +Vic Gundotra +Natalie Villalobos is it OK to threaten to kill, hang, or cut someone now???  If I'm not mistaken that is a violation of your TOS. Couldn't you get sued if you continue to let this guy make threats and he acts on them one day???  How much longer are you going to let this guy run wild on Google Plus like this?  Me and many other people flag his stuff daily many times,  yet you continue to do nothing about it.  Are you protecting him for a reason?
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+Shephine Shaji - I dug a little bit into this and everyone is crying wolf but nobody ever actually linked to the actual post from that guy... very suspicious...
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Rich Koning

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+Evo Terra I took the liberty of making a new image for the community.  I know you've mentioned before wanting to update it.  So here's something close to what we have that suggests it's for G+ communities.  Since you're a mod, you can change it.  Just crop out the darker gray border when you up it, and it should fit.
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As the sign says... helping each other.  Looks good up there if I do say so :)
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Hi folks.
I am looking at this page for Posting Rules, but I can't find any. I'm doing this because I don't want to offend the moderators or the members of this very interesting & informative community.

So I ask, Would it be bad to promote my Community here? I guess it most likely would be, but I'm asking because I didn't see any Rules anywhere on this page.
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ok thanks. :)
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Linhlan N.

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What's the maximum number of moderators a community can have?
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thanks for the help.
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How do you handle job offerings your community?

In the linked post, we discuss how we should handle job offerings in WordPress Developers*.

What are your solutions or ideas?

* No way to link to a community with a leading +?
Should we add a category Jobs? We see job offerings one or two times a week here. I am not sure if they fit into our community. If they do – do we need a…
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Our current idea is: allow job postings, if the company is named clearly and the link doesn’t go to some generic job portal. A pure job community wouldn’t work probably.
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Something you can share with your link-happy community members.
 
Five Community Tips For Crazy Cat Ladies
When you join a new community and immediately start posting your own content - you are a bit like this crazy cat lady from The Simpsons. Some tips for new community members:
Some communities have cat allergies. Be sure to read the rules before posting.
You could hurt someone. Take time to introduce yourself before flinging links around like feral cats. 
Come back and feed your cats. If you post to communities, be sure to check back and answer any follow up questions or comments on the post - if no one commented, and you have low engagement, perhaps you should look at trying again with a new format.
Don't just leave your cats anywhere. Pick just a few high engagement or quality communities - not the back-alley slums that allow all types of spam - you don't want to associate yourself with that.
Meet your fellow cat lovers. Simply posting in a community does not make you a member of one. Engage other people. Talk to them. Prove that you are a real person, then share your blog post. You'll also find your engagement in a community go up as you build relationships in that community.

#Caturday   #Communities   #CMGR   #CommunityManagement  
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I intend to. Thanks, +Andrij Harasewych​. 
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Cynthia Sherman

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What about a person putting several posts in one community it gets annoying ?
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Many communities have thousands of members but only a handful posting and commenting.  As long as the posts are relevant to the community and not just spam, I say keep posting.
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Dale Earn

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Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald Law Firm Location: 538 Riverdale ave Yonkers; NY. 13 Lawyers mix Dominicans an Irish. Conning clients out of thier money after lawyers win the case. Medical Malpractice; Con - Artists. 90% for them an 10% for the clients take it or leave it. They stay with the child's compassation Medical funds money. If child doesn't use it all during thier age range. Money gose back to Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald. Instead off money going back to child's bank account. So becareful with these Gamberlers; Heroin; cocaine; Weed;. Vimper Good Life Living Lawyers user. Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald.
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Siamak Sadati

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Hello !
I found that I cant rename my community because its members is over 500 . now I want to know that , is it possible to ask members to leave community for the short time that it goes under 500 and then rename the community ?
I worried about that after that rename option dont turned on 
is any one know that this work or not ?
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yes , i post about it last day , but don't remove members in case that I'm not sure that removing members till it reach under 500 activate community rename option On again
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Boris Yarmakhov

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A tool that I would really like to have in my “Google+ Community Moderator’s Console” is an abilitу to set a limit of posts a particular user can publish per day. It would be reasonable to give a new member an opportunity to publish just ONE post per day (one more way to fight spammers BTW). Those who have proved that they are valuable community members could publish 2 or 3 posts per day. And frankly I have never seen anybody publishing more than 2 posts per day in a community write anything good.  My apologies if it has already been suggested - might have missed it.
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Jonathan Henry

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Well hello there.

My fellow moderators have been talking about selling T-Shirts and the like to generate funds for prizes.

I tried calling Google and waited on hold for an hour before giving up on them. Would anybody here know if doing so would violate anything in the TOS for communities?

Thanks
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+Jonathan Henry Can be done with proper Networking and Marketing without breaking any rules.
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In case you are interested.
 
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/105248841768188069608

The 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!
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Raza Qadri

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how can i show "About this community" in every section ? like it is just shown in "All posts"
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Can't. Google limitation.
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Al Johnston

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I'm moderator over at "Sheetmusic Playback of Original Music." I search for original sheetmusic to feature in my community and so did a search for "violin." One of the communities found is called "Violin Players." I clicked the "Ask to Join" button and after a few days was approved.

Once introducing myself, I began to realize that "Violin Players" is a community comprised of children, without even an adult moderator. There is no indication of this in the tagline or on the "About this community" section. This is ridiculous! I immediately left the community and informed Google+ administration.

Has anyone else encountered this? Has anyone here addressed the issue?
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I'm not worried about the children, I'm worried about myself! The children have protection from their parents (if they're lucky), also from other adults responsible for their welfare: they have Google monitoring the G+ activity, their teachers at school, Child Protective Services, not-for-profit organizations, the police, various alphabet-soup agencies of government ranging from local, to county, to State, to Federal.

I have none of that. I'm on my own, because that is what it means to be a responsible adult. Another meaning of "responsible" is ... if I see danger, I try to avoid it and try to warn others. But if they fail to heed the warning, there's not much that I can do.

And please, if you would like to respond, do so by addressing the issues about which I write (which had nothing to do with children needing a "net-nanny" or about "talking about legal topics of all sorts w/ other like-minded people online.")
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Web Series Today

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The Intelligent "About" box?

Now that the "About" box is more prominently displayed in communities it might be a good idea to explore where it could go from here.

First, none of the formatting options like * _ or links work within the about box (yes, you can add 10 links under the box, but that is a different issue).  Given the importance of the "about" box in terms of setting the tone for new members it would be nice to make it visually appealing  so that it does not look like blah blah blah.  As keeps cropping up in the discussions here the information this box contains is vital to the functioning of communities, so it needs to be formatted in an attractive way that makes sure it gets read, especially by new members.

It would  be interesting to have the box change over time based on the persons engagement in the community.  If they have been there a while and they are highly engaged it would become very minimal.  If they just make posts but do not leave comments, it would suggest a post where it explains you need to engage with the community. etc etc. In other words it could transforms based on the behavior of a member and the way it transforms could be controlled by the mods to meet the needs of  the community/community mods.

Thoughts?
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+Edgar Brown Well, because the about box is generally used to lay out community guideline.  I guess the topic was intended for this community, so perhaps it should be moved. But, that was the rational.  Its not always easy knowing where something best fits.
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