As a design researcher and founder of an online community, I reference Kraut and Resnick's book at least once a week to gain insight into the behavior and design of online communities. The editors provide a collection of evidence based essays on online communities. Drawing from computer science and the social sciences, the authors address the fundamental questions of online communities including how to start a community, encourage contributions, engage members, and regulate community. This edited volume is invaluable for understanding and designing for successful online communities.
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