Hi everyone .
This is my first topic in meta.
I’m a tl3 in another discourse forum that has 11TL4s nine of whom have given and received no likes, most of whom have written no posts visited no topics have zero days seen and even if they have some no day recently… The folk within The forum at tl 3- is 49 people and I’m not sure how to tell how many people have TL2 and 1 but 800 people have received welcome badge and somewhere the admin claims there were 29,000 registered users - I think I see that stat on the all-time users display page
Please excuse typos! I dictate posts (gboard) cuz I’ve only got one working hand and I’m using the mobile phone and life’s too short and too hard to type one-handed on a touch sensitive device!
I saw a post somewhere on here that distinguished a community as either: ‘a first or second line technical support forum’ or ‘a community of interest or practise’. I’m not really interested in either but I might be closer to being interested in a COP COI
I’m interested in a mutual peer support community where the binding force between the participants is an amalgam of a need for companionship, sharing, empathy, and a willingness to spend time providing that for others.
Once upon a time I was a prolific contributor to projects and program management portfolio management benefits blah blah with in LinkedIn’s ecosystem. I got tired of their algorithms making the feed churn the same shallow brainless combative arguments about agile vs waterfall which isn’t even a valid comparison plus I had a dramatic health change. I now inhabit a different forum. I’ve also had experience curating a mighty networks based forum, and I think LinkedIn has the same problems as Facebook and I think discord has its own idiosyncrasies!
At least communities on discord are often focused on something like dungeons and dragons where there is stickiness within the community, some camaraderie and shared interest.
So the discussion that interests me I think starts with what sociological entities exist that would find discourse a useful platform for building a community in? Or in fact do the facilities in discourse make a fertile germination ground for the creation of communities that haven’t previously existed
Then what would the essentials for community and possibly the differences in the curation and maintenance of those different community types?
At least one of the questions in my mind is what is the user journey? My thoughts are it’s finding the community joining the community accepting the community and being accepted growing in stature whatever that means maturing as a member of the community whatever that means and eventually departure from the community and the communities grieving or not as a result.
I’m of a mind that a DAO that implements reputational or kudos tokens is a model that could be usefully integrated into a platform like discourse. It extends the badges concept
Then questions that apply are is that framework: correct, useful, the only one, etc?..
Then as curator or creator of community how do you transition people through the journey what facilities help etc. I think there are a few secret sauces for success and a few poisonous memes that can prevent cohesion and sustainment
I see discourses mechanisms for badges and for privileges/ available facilities /restrictions on capability based on trust levels as part of that those mechanisms - is this a topic that’s already been discussed and exhausted if so can anybody point me to some topics that I can read through otherwise or as well or instead will anybody like to reply with some thought-provoking avenues to be explored around the topic of it society/sociological finding binding .
Some thoughts from a couple of years back in my journey are contained in Digitally Enabled Chronic Care Community Networks: beyond '1hr Fortnightly zoom Cafés' Which opens on LinkedIn - sorry about that!