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"Help Vampires" -- can we brainstorm more solutions?


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"Help Vampires" -- can we brainstorm more solutions?

Ruth Lafler | May 9, 2011 12:03 PM

"It’s so regular you could set your watch by it. The decay of a community is just as predictable as the decay of certain stable nuclear isotopes. As soon as an open source project, language, or what-have-you achieves a certain notoriety—its half-life, if you will—they swarm in, seemingly draining the very life out of the community itself.

They are the Help Vampires.
Help Vampires are found in every public online community, from those nearest to our hearts to those furthest from our principles.

Instead of consuming of ill-gotten hemoglobin, these vampires suck the very life and energy out of people. By nature they feed on generous individuals who tend towards helping others, and leave their victims exhausted, bitter and dispirited."

I know all the long-term posters have seen and bemoaned this "decay" -- and many of the solutions mentioned in this blog are either ineffective or not allowed (like telling people not to be a Help Vampire!). Can we come up with some new ones?

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