All I Really Need to Know About Online Community

Chris Garrett gave an excellent talk yesterday at Wishlist Live about online community. I was struck — not for the first time — by the thought that online community is no different than “real world” community. I need this reminder every now and then.

This morning, while thinking about all this, I remembered a delightful piece written by Robert Fulghum called “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarden”. It seems to me this piece by Fulgum provides some good starting points for how to approach online community:

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

What would you add to the list?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Clarence M. Allen

    Just like when raising your hand to be called to speak. Raise the thought in your mind as to be careful what you speak. Thanks Ray I do read your education and sensable e-mails daily. They are great reminders and mind openers for a wealth of good….

    • Much appreciated Clarence!

      Sent from my iPad

  • Ask “How can I help you today?”.

  • Leslie

    Speak politely to others.

  • Anonymous

    If you a mistake, humbly admit it to the other party then rectify the situation. Thanks Ray.

  • Jen

    Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

  • Both my teachers and parents would always tell me to…

    “Say please and thank you”.

    Now in business I see how those 3 words (please, thank you) are even more powerful than when I was a kid.

    • Funny how the big answers are in the “little lessons”!