It’s been a topic of heartfelt discussions in the community – is it ok to send “sidemails” (private messages) to make other community members aware of one’s own idea? Or is it rather like spamming people and as such a real nuisance for the receivers?
First of all, let’s define what we’re considering to be “sidemails”. A “sidemail” is a private message send to fellow community members
- to notify them about one’s own idea
- to ask them to review the idea
- to ask them to rate the idea
- and lastly the most shady business of offering so called “vote tradings”.
From jovoto community management perspective we have a pretty clear opinion on those phenomena.
Obviously, we strictly dismiss “vote trading”. In the FAQ “What is bad rating behaviour”? we’ve found nice words to explain what we think about it: “If your rate mine with 10 I rate yours with 10″ – omg, might even be lamer than supporting a friend. Don’t spam others with pm’s and beg for ratings.
It’s a definite No Go and if we find out about it we put the involved creatives’ rating status on false, so their ratings don’t count anymore.
But we’re also no fans of the other softer versions of sidemailing. Our understanding of the best (and only) way to make other community members aware of one’s own idea is being active in a contest by giving constructive feedback and rating the other ideas in a fair and objective way. In this sense, sending sidemails is like fishing for compliments without wanting your own hands to get wet. You could also say it’s a bit fishy. Or you could say it’s like throwing fish at vegans (you know, they don’t want fish…). Ähm yes, anyway, enough bad analogies, I am confident you got the point.
Hence, in pursuit of the fair and fun work space we want jovoto to be, let’s all agree on NOT sending sidemails as described above. Let’s work together and collaborate in more productive ways. Remember that we all make this place happen with our joined efforts. Let’s remind newbies in a friendly tone of voice about this “convention”.