We get some push back from folks who worry about handing over control of our communities to the community itself on http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn. I personally believe it's vital to our success that we trust the community to have control over it's own destiny.
As communities scale it’s important that we enable members of the community to have truly shared ownership of the direction and maintenance of our sites. Shared ownership, long term, means the ability for the community members to (for example):
This is important in the long run for the following reason:
In the short term we only seek to enable the community based answer marking. It’s the lowest risk ability to start with and also the one most frequently used. Joe explores the subject in more depth here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/joemorel/archive/2006/02/07/526213.aspx - Who can you trust?http://blogs.msdn.com/joemorel/archive/2006/02/10/529044.aspx - Trust and reputation on the forumshttp://blogs.msdn.com/joemorel/archive/2006/02/17/534326.aspx - Reputation system phase 1http://blogs.msdn.com/joemorel/archive/2006/02/28/540267.aspx - Reputation system phase 2