Anil Dash's 10 Rules of Internet


And then there’s the zeroth rule.


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Rule 1: Probably true. You can also include the Imperial March from Star Wars.

Rule 2: Nah, read the comments for 79 Cent Apps on the AppStore. Then weep.

Rule 3: Wrong.

Rule 4: Can’t comment, am not part of web communities.

Rule 5: True for everything new since the invention of fire. Also, the people who disparaged the tech are usually not the ones who later claim that it’s the cats meow.

I’d like too amend Rule 5a: Every new product by Apple that gets declared to be a fail by internet commentors in tech forum is very probably going to be a success.

Rule 6: Can’t comment. But there were probably assholes who constantly pissed into the fire.

Rule 7: True in real life. People constantly confuse “I don’t like“ with “this is useless”. Probably since the invention of fire.

Rule 8: Probably true. Since the invention of fire, actually. Which killed the socially important and morally important job of warm cuddler and pre-chewer.

Rule 9: Probably true, for some people. Not for me. By the way, I’d like some likes for this comment!

Rule 10: Also true since the invention of the fire. Unless you ask a politician an answerable question, which answer will be contrary to his position, Then you’ll be going in circles.

Rule 11: Fire BAD!

Rule #6 was linked to this excellent article Anil Dash wrote on moderation and Internet community building. I’ve thought, more simply, that it comes down to this: if you want to build a thriving community, you actually need to participate in that community, to nurture it and guide it.


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