A link to a Web 2.0 report led me to post on the concept of 'collabuary' raised in the report, which prompted Stephen Downes to comment in reply, trying to distinguish between folksonomies and collabuaries (which he thinks isn't a useful term; it just means 'vocabulary' or 'taxonomy'). Some others disagree.
When I received Stephen's comment I was in the middle thinking about this issue as it relates to tagging communities from the perspective of online behaviors that encourage group collaboration or individual action. Since Downes is an expert on this topic and works in a different discipline than NPtech, I sent an email in reply, which I later refined in this post, describing the NPtech tagging community and how it is partially group collaboration, but partially individual action. Stephen's reply:
So where does the line between group and network apply here? Good question - it contains elements of both. I guess I would say, as a rule of thumb, that you pass from 'network' (autonomous action, folksonomy) to 'group' (collaborative action, vocabulary or taxonomy) when somebody says, "You're doing that wrong."
My colleague, Nancy White, another expert in online community, responded:
Why does "you are doing that wrong" act as a trigger. Why not "hey, that was useful, lets do more of it together" be a group forming trigger. Or "hey, you are doing that differently than I am, let me learn from you?" The values that aggregate us are surely not neutral, but they are also not only negative!
I really need to get this podcast of Nancy and Lee's Session:
Online communities have come a long way. When I started working on them around 1999-2000, commmunity was still communitiy, but the software was limited and the rules were different. These days new technologies, ideas and websites have pushed the community envelope in new directions. The old rules don't always apply and I'm interested in talking about the new rules for the new communities.
Resources included in the wiki with podcast
Nancy have you diagrammed what the new rules are?
What does social design look like in these new communities? Can you even design it?
Update: Not two seconds after I blog this, Mike Seyfang from Austraila skypes me about his TALO pipe and we chat. TALO stands for teaching and learning online and is a global event based out of Austraila!
He will be contributing some his shared work around creative commons and maybe collabularies.