Talk:Virtual community

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Virtual community has virtual rules by definition so what's the problem?

The problem is, geeks without real friends try to pretend that the people (who might not even exist) behind each account or userid *are* their "real" friends. They talk about virtual community as if it were REAL community - on any system a huge Wiki Management problem comes from just these people who want to use the wiki to make friends, instead of to actually meet the goals for which it was set up. Then they sabotage the real goals to make things more comfortable for their own friends, and drive off those who they don't like.
This is not at all the same process that a Wiki Editor would use to get the maximum benefit from many obnoxious contributors, nor is it the same as what a Wiki Lawyer has to do to avoid legal liability killing the project. Letting the "community" all try to be editors and lawyers leads to disaster - and it makes it impossible to actually reach any set of goals other than "please the community".
Ever read "Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose"? By Dr. Seuss. Read it.