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    • Having a team of moderators *per* topic would work nicely, I think. Problem is, if you give ownership to the first person interested, how do you avoid topic-squatting? How do you hand over a topic, after original owners go AWOL? Reddit handles those *somewhat*, but I think it's stackexchange that got a lot of those things *right*. Problem is, they have a scoring mechanism that allows them to select "trustworthy" individuals. Maybe we could calculate 7d activity score for a new topic, and then propose top 3-5 posters to become admins?

      Never designed a social site before, so my ideas are probably horrible :D

    • I think if one checks the history of online communities, success comes down a lot to having the proper moderators safeguarding civil discussion (either by just participating and setting the tone or also by enforcing rules of participation). It's a thankless task for the grand majority of the time and very few people step up to the role.