Originally answered Jun 20, 2017
Ask new members to provide key details about themselves when applying for membership, such as their actual name and a link to their LinkedIn profile. Admit people if they supply this information, and appear to have a sincere interest in the community’s topic. If they don’t, then deny their application.
Clearly state the expectations and policies of the community so that new members will understand them. After new members join the community, if they violate the norms, warn them once, and then remove them if they continue to do so.
For example, the SIKM Leaders Community has the following on its info page:
- When requesting membership, please provide your name, location, organization, and a link to your LinkedIn profile.
- Diverse opinions are welcomed if expressed in a supportive and collaborative manner.
- POLICY: Posts should be personal, relevant, and not advertisements or spam. Members should not send messages which are duplicates of those distributed through other channels, or regular blog posts. Instead, post one-time invitations to join or subscribe.