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Nuke Your Community, And Make It Flourish

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June 07, 2015

Nuke Your Community, And Make It Flourish

Sometimes building a community proves to be a lot harder than you hoped. Even when you’re following the golden rules of community building, sometimes it just doesn’t work.

In his talk, I illustrate how community building does not merely depend on using the right tactics, but also on understanding your community’s culture and preferences and being ready to adjust your plans to serve it. This might imply letting go of approaches you are very attached to in order to find better solutions for building the best community.

Once you know the general principles:
1) Validate existing platforms
2) Improve good methods
3) Explore new pathways

4) ... and nuke what doesn't work

At WooThemes we had a bit of tunnel vision in which we saw the "community forum" and our "community" as synonyms. When we realized a forum was only a tool and that we could get rid of if, because our community was no longer there. Doing this opened resources and left a better impression with our users. We now focus on building community through our better website, Facebook, Reddit, GitHub, WordPress.org, meetups, WooConf, and so on.

If you think that your community equals a tool you use, then you're getting too emotionally attached and you should learn to take distance in case it works no longer and you have to nuke it.

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June 07, 2015
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  1. Nuke Your Community And Make It Flourish

  2. None
  3. Stellenbosch

  4. Stellenbosch

  5. Stellenbosch Cape Town

  6. Problem: Supporting OSS 600,000+ active users 55 team members Solution:

    Building Community
  7. Sacha Greif, 
 Brick by Brick www.communitybuildingguide.com
 www.sachagreif.com | @SachaGreif

  8. Community Building Audience Seeding Engagement Promotion Moderation Value Community Forum

  9. Stellenbosch Cape Town

  10. Stellenbosch Cape Town

  11. Results at First

  12. Results Recently

  13. Community Forum

  14. http://www.digibuzzme.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ reddit2.jpg Community Forum

  15. Validating Existing Platforms

  16. Validating Existing Platforms

  17. Improving Good Methods

  18. Improving Good Methods

  19. Improving Good Methods

  20. Exploring New Pathways

  21. Exploring New Pathways

  22. Community Forum

  23. Building Community • Validate existing platforms • Improve good methods

    • Explore new pathways • … and nuke what doesn’t work
  24. That’s All Folks! @jobtex