The Six Types of Online Communities (with Examples of Each) | Blog

An online community brings together people who wouldn’t normally connect with each other in the real world. Businesses, creators, and brands alike are all realizing the power of creating community in the digital landscape. While it’s tempting to think communities are alike, not all look the same. There are a few different types of online community to keep in mind when you’re looking to build one.

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My site is a traditional niche hobby forum, just ported over to Discourse from its previous incarnations (SocialEngine for 10 years, phpbb before that). It was a leap of faith that my users would like the change from a standard “Forum/topic” layout, but everyone has been on board. The ease of use has really made that have less friction than I was expecting.