If your website has an active community, you may want to include your readers in the process of moderating inappropriate or spam comments. Many websites have features that allow their readers to flag or report noisy comments, which can make your life a little bit easier; other, more sophisticated systems are used by websites like Hacker News and Slashdot, where readers use a voting system to filter out unproductive comments. Although this won’t get rid of spam and trolls entirely, it will discourage bad behavior as useless comments become less likely to be seen.

via Content Strategy Tips for Managing Comments on Your Website.

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Here are the color names most disproportionately popular among women:

  • Dusty Teal
  • Blush Pink
  • Dusty Lavender
  • Butter Yellow
  • Dusky Rose

Okay, pretty flowery, certainly.  Kind of an incense-bomb-set-off-in-a-Bed-Bath-&-Beyond vibe.  Well, let’s take a look at the other list.

Here are the color names most disproportionately popular among men:

  • Penis
  • Gay
  • WTF
  • Dunno
  • Baige

I … that’s not my typo in #5—the only actual color in the list really is a misspelling of “beige”.  And keep in mind, this is based on the number of unique people who answered the color, not the number of times they typed it.  This isn’t just the effect of a couple spammers. In fact, this is after the spamfilter.

I weep for my gender.

via Color Survey Results « xkcd.

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If you find that you need to use more than three levels of headings to organize your copy, stop! This is a red flag that your copy may be overly complex and may need to be pared down.

via Headings | Yahoo! Style Guide.

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Don’t get me wrong. I like content strategy. I think it makes sense. I think most of the people who’ve written about it get it (most, but not all). At the end of the day, however, the world doesn’t deserve content strategy simply because the business world doesn’t care to understand or accept content strategy.

via So long, Content Strategy.

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How do we find the essential core of our ideas? A successful defense lawyer says, “If you argue ten points, even if each is a good point, when they get back to the jury room they won’t remember any.” To strip an idea down to its core, we must be masters of exclusion. We must relentlessly prioritize.

via Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die | by Chip and Dan Heath.

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