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What topics can I ask about here?

Welcome to Community Building Stack Exchange, our site about building communities of all types. Like other Stack Exchange sites, ours is a question-and-answer site, not a discussion forum. The kinds of questions that do best here are concrete, specific, and answerable. To help keep the quality of our site high so people can get expert answers to their questions, please follow these guidelines.

To get good answers quickly, please make sure you know how to write a great question.

Before you ask, please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question to share your wealth of knowledge.

Make sure that your question can be answered in a reasonable amount of time and it's based on facts and expertise, not opinions. Please see What types of questions should I avoid asking? for more types of questions that generally don't work on Stack Exchange.

Most questions that fall into these categories are on topic:

  • Creating, expanding, and cultivating communities, their content, and the relationships among members. This includes things like attracting new people with advertising, getting more contributions from members, moderating your moderators, or just making your community grow as a whole.

  • Issues caused by members with different expectations, backgrounds, or tolerances. We understand that people are different. As digital communities can have users from many different countries, issues will arise, such as some people being offended by things that are acceptable in other countries. Please note these issues often require specific details, so make sure to have plenty of details to get a good answer.

  • Questions about both online and offline communities. We love talking about your book club or your nonprofit organization's growth in addition to your forum. Example: How can I organically make sure that interested folks are included in volunteer tasks?

  • Questions from both the leader's and user's perspective. Many questions here are asked by community managers or moderators, but questions from a member's perspective are also welcome.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Community Building Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.

Don't ask about: anything not directly related to building, administering, managing and cultivating communities. If yours is a digital community, please avoid asking questions about a technical feature of your platform.

Questions that don't meet these guidelines should be closed until they can be edited.