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- 50 High-Profile Higher Ed Administrators on Twitter – High-Profile
- 9 Awesome Pinterest Boards For Home Buyers – Awesome
- 10 Negative Effects of Anxiety on Your Brain – Anxiety
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How to deal with a misbehaving LinkedIn member
If you manage any groups, there are always members who like to break the rules.
Let me give an example. In one writing group I manage, somebody kept posting writing jobs. The jobs appeared to be bogus, as other members mentioned. I finally had to flag this member’s permissions, so I could check their postings before approval. They kept posting this same bogus job listing – day after day.
Now I like to keep away from discussions and let everyone post freely. Recently, I was contacted by a couple of members in a copywriting group. This one member kept making an absurd statement and others tried to prove him wrong. Some member wrote about it in his blog:
- Isn’t it obvious what a copywriter does? – obvious
In this blog, the person summed up the problem here:
“One member (let’s call him Craig; names have been changed to protect the ignorant) was the first to reply to a thread about job finding tips with, ‘I’m a copywriter, do you know what a copywriter does? They work for ad agencies. Do you work for an ad agency?’ You may think that the answer has nothing to do with the topic. You’d be right.”
Let me add to this:
It also means that whoever composed the Wiki entry at Wiki on copywriting got everything wrong. They say “Most copywriters are employees within organizations such as advertising agencies, public relations firms, company advertising departments, large stores, marketing firms, broadcasters and cable providers, newspapers, book publishers and magazines. Copywriters can also be independent contractors who freelance for a variety of clients, at the clients’ offices or working from their own, or partners or employees in a specialized copywriting agency.”
Let me follow the protocol of the other blogger and call this person Craig.
Craig made a statement that sounded completely absurd. There were three hypotheses going on:
- Craig was serious with this statement and everyone tried to disprove him.
- Craig had some ulterior motive in his statement.
- Craig was having some fun with us. Perhaps others were in on this joke and helping things along.
I took the second hypothesis. Craig was too intelligent, well-educated and experienced to truly believe what he was saying. And the fact that no other agency member stepped forth, gave credence to this theory.
In the end, Craig said he was just having some fun. But he exhibits behavior that lends credence to the second hypothesis.
The person’s complaint
The person complained they have the right of free speech.
We do have first amendment rights of free speech. That’s why there is a Flat Earth Society (see Flat Earth ) and folks who are members can believe in a flat earth. And there is an also a fairy tale about the boy who cried wolf (see Boy who cried wolf ).
I am trained in the field of psychology and have a good amateur understanding of philosophy and theology. Before coming to LinkedIn, I used to hang out on theology and philosophy forums. But there is one difference there. All participants try to prove their case. No participant ever states something as “self-evident” and then waits for others to disprove it (see Self-evidence ).
Craig’s stated position is not rocket science. He said he’s stating a fact and I say the fact is not “self-evident”. But the conflict over his positions with other members is an exercise in group moderation. For this reason I permit it. It means I have to wear a psychologist’s hat.
Once in an undergraduate physics class, the genius chemistry major said this about the test: “It’s like beating a dead horse (see Wiki at Dead horse beating ).” That saying would sum up my feeling about adding any more input to the discussion.