While the journey can be long and the results probably will not show itself soon, making Gatherhere a success has been my aim ever since I started working on it. So much about technology these days is doom and gloom that I wanted to spend time on something positive about it.
The idea stems from ambient awareness - how social media often makes our in-person connections stronger because we know so much about each other’s minutia that we can skip the small talk and jump straight to the important stuff when we see each other.
Having real humans dedicated to monitoring and responding to the community - By having moderators who have the power to delete comments and ban users
Community policies on what is and isn't the acceptable behavior and backup them up with consequences when people break them
Have accountable identities
Technology to flag identify and flag out bad behaviors
The idea of having some hard rules to govern the portal may seem harsh but it is a necessary one. Because if the digital platform has a lot of hate and unkind behavior, it is my fault. And if I have the power to stop it and I didn't, I'm one of them.