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Closed social affordances / Open social affordances in social systems design

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Introduction In social systems design, we often need to control how different players interact with one another. We want to heavily mediate griefing and toxicity between strangers. And we want to open up more intimate channels of communication between trusted friends so they can offer nuanced sympathy and support. “Closed” and “open” affordances are useful concepts for talking about this challenge. Here’s a brief introduction.  What is an affordance? An affordance is the possibility of […]