The dark side of community is cliquishness. The tools of SoftSecurity
are social. Organizing a group along the lines of SoftSecurity
and community to some extent means adopting our instinctual social protocols and our evolutionarily-programmed group organizational structures. That is, we aim to behave like a tribe. These modes of interaction are tried and true, but they do have downsides. Being reasoning beings, we should be aware of the potential problems with "social" patterns of organization and try to avoid them.
What we're trying to avoid
Using social tools holds the danger of becoming an elistist clique where who you know becomes more important than what you can contribute. There is a fine line (if there is any difference at al) between deciding to isolate an individual to protect a communal resource, and between allowing personal connections to triumph over egalitarianism.
More specific patterns
This term is as yet vaguely defined. Basically, it's when a group of people is unfriendly to newcomers and outsiders (see CliquesAndCommunities
In socially-patterned groups, "connections" tend to be important. This is in contrast to the principals of egalitarianism and meritocracy.
A group which considers its members significantly better than the larger community of which it is a part. Often an elitist group will have social mores which conflict with those of the larger community, but the group will act as if the situation were reversed (as if its mores were the default, and anyone else is imposing).
One potentially negative social phenomenon is rumor. If person A isolates person O based upon a vague condemnation of O's character by B, then person A has acted against O out of rumor. This creates a poisonous atmosphere. Instead, person A should strive to get the specific reasons why B dislikes O, and then A should make his own decision.
Rumor has it's place; for example, there may be some reason why B cannot tell A all the facts. Also, if B is a respected member of the community, it would be foolish for others and detrimental to the community to totally ignore B's advice on principal. But it should be kept in check.
Ways to avoid them
We must try to use love, not hate. Use social tools, but use the tools of positive social reinforcement, not negative. Following the Star Wars analogy, intuitively it seems that if you don't use "the dark side of the force" you can avoid the worst of its effects.
Modern society has evolved another set of mores, or social protocols, from which we may draw. BeProfessional