Perhaps the quickest way to ensure you never build a community is to assume the worst.
Just a few minutes ago I fell victim to my own crankiness and assumed the worst of one of our UrlyBits community based on a single comment, went off of them and am now eating humble pie and writing this post as an apology.
This was the entire conversation:
Years on the internet have trained me to expect trollish comments and, more particularly, that single word comments like Dave Kaczmarek’s “reposted” usually have a negative connatation like – “You guys reposted that, so it’s lame”, etc..
What I have come to expect and the reality of the situation are often, and in this case, not the truth of the situation.
As a community leader, and that’s what you are if you have a blog where people comment, a fan page or a following on any social service, I should know better.
I should know better than to think the worst and react to that assumption.
There are no excuses for my reaction. I over reacted, didn’t think it through and generally acted like an ass.
As such, I’m writing this post as an apology, not just to Dave, but to the entire UrlyBits community. I’m sorry.