Membership has its privileges

“What would motivate you to contribute to a citizen media site?” #

I can’t imagine that anyone is going to be able to answer that question in an interesting way. It’s the wrong question. It’s kind of like asking why do people sing at church? Or why do people meet their friends at the pub? #

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If the church asks you to sing, you sing. If your friends tell you to meet at the pub, you go to the pub. The community and purpose of doing things together is already implied, so you do whatever everyone else in that community does if you want to be a part of it. #

“People keep asking me to join the LinkedIn network, but I’m already part of a network. It’s called the Internet.” #

The real question is not about getting people to do things. There are too many things to do and too many people to socialize with in a day already. #

A privilege—etymologically “private law” or law relating to a specific individual—is an honour, or permissive activity granted by another person or a government. A privilege is not a right and in some cases can be revoked. #

I think the answer is in there somewhere for everyone who is struggling to get their community to do stuff. #

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