marc_esadrian (marc_esadrian) wrote in suggestions,

New subtle level in hierarchy of community maintainership?

New subtle level in hierarchy of community maintainership?

Short, concise description of the idea
Communities on Livejournal are great, but one thing they lack is a security option for the original founder / maintainer.

Full description of the idea
In a perfect world, you can trust the internet buddy you just made as co-maintainer not to kick you out of the community you spent so much time building, but it can happen. Shouldn't an active community founder have the option to install a security measure in the community settings to prevent this, perhaps akin to the "security question" for personal journals? Either that, or maybe there should be one more level above maintainer. Perhaps "founder" or "primary maintainer" which has no power above any of the other maintainers, except that he/she can't be booted in a digital coup d'état. This level of user would have the option to pass this status on to someone else, if desired, but only one can hold such status at any given time.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Maintainers can give maintainer status (and related powers) to individuals without the danger of being demoted or removed from the community altogether by a nefarious user.
  • With greater security, founders can dub more select users as maintainers without the fear of loosing their maintainership on a community they started.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Perhaps this simultaneously complicates things a little more and defeats Livejournal's "shared ownership" concept?
Tags: communities, community maintenance, § implemented
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