The mindless criminality in England has now spread from London to Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham. Unrest is taking place exclusively (according to news reports) in the cities. Where are the reports of small coastal communities being ransacked? Where are the reports of cars in rural villages being set on fire?
The fact is, disorder is far more likely to take place in huge communities – places that afford anonymity. If you misbehave in a community where most people are strangers, you can’t be ostracized. There is no perceived social stigma attached to your actions since you don’t know the people who disapprove of what you’re doing. Why should you care what strangers think?
This is one reason why keeping your online community small is a good idea. If you can’t resist the temptation to grow, make sure you have a robust strategy for growth. A small community where everyone knows each other is always going to be a far more positive environment than a large community full of strangers.
If you manage a large community, work hard to bring members closer together. Divide the community up into smaller groups to maximize the number of relationships that are formed.
Relationships are the key to your community’s survival.