Is there a metric that defines a difference between an engaged community versus content produced locally by the agent? What is a good protocol for scaling up and scaling down when the threshold on interaction changes? I notice that Stack Exchange uses Beta labelling when scaling up.
Every community's going to be different
For some, it could be 100s of 1000s of posts per day
For others, it might be 1-2 emails a month
Your threshold should be relative to at least all of the following:
- interest of community members (observationally, only about 10% will "participate")
- size of community (a community of 20's going to look quite different than a community of 20,000)
- availability of community members to "participate"
- ease of "participation" (ie, how much friction is there between thinking, "I want to share this" to "here, community, have a share")
I used to comanage an IRL-and-mailing-list-and-Facebook-group tech group
When I started attending (a couple years prior to trying to help it keep going), we'd have ~15-20 folks at each meetup, and at least a few emails per week, and a few group posts
By the time I moved to help run it, we were down to maybe 6 people at a meetup...more often 3, and we called it quits after it hung around that number for a year