Vanity and scaling metrics is rife within communities. We associate number of members with greatness. We have to move away from that as a culture. It is not healthy.
Admittedly, ‘kicking’ is a bit of a strong word and is normally associated with bad behaviour. I can see how using this would upset people and is probably not the best way to word it.
Perhaps we can use words that explain the situation better — removal, tidying up, or even community gardening.
When building communities, one of our aims is to create a thriving space where communities are cultivated more organically, where we can create value for the members and the community as a whole.
It becomes harder when we have too many people. When some members want to intentionally create relationships and they waste time with people who don’t. Or people that just drop in occasionally, dump their stuff and leave.
These are just a few examples of things that can impact communities negatively.
When we consider it from a community builders perspective:
- we are responsible for managing and protecting all the data
- keeping people safe
- having conversations
- understanding everything that is going on.
- nurturing the community as a whole
- …and a million other things.
Often more members can cost us money too — sometimes directly in software costs, other times more indirectly with the time we spend managing the people and the data.
Clearing out space allows communities to focus on doing what they need to do to thrive. Less can be more. And just like many of us believe in minimalism or ‘KonMarie’ in real life, we can apply those same principles to community building.