I’ve recently spent some time thinking about and subsequently altering some of the groups I’ve created on Flickr. In part this has come from me adapting to a new ‘user generated content’ internet but also in response to difficulties I’ve been having with new members in some of my groups. While I can deal with the former by wielding my administrator powers the latter is a bit more difficult.
As such I present the following loose guidelines to getting along in a Flickr group. These aren’t rules and they’re heavily biased to what I like to see but perhaps they’ll provide some food for thought. I welcome commentary on them as I’m keen to learn more about how to approach all this.
- Always read the guidelines of the group before joining. Some groups are free-for-alls and might not have guidelines but other’s are quite strict about what should be posted or added.
- Lurk for a bit. There’s no easier way to get a feel for a place than to see what the existing members do.
- Don’t get upset. Maybe your offering to a group isn’t what it’s interested in but that’s not a personal attack.
- Look for another group. If you don’t like how one group is run there might be a similar one with an atmosphere you prefer.
- Make your own group. If there is nothing that suits your tastes go make your own. It’s easier than whingeing about something someone else has made.
Anyway, that’s my five step program to getting along in flickr groups. I await the comments.