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How to survey for real participation?

In our arts community, we want to run a survey about potential new events we could do next year. Which events we do, and where they are held, will be determined partly by the responses to the survey, ...
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How can I properly praise my leadership team?

I run an online community with about 8 dedicated Officers that run most of the community. One of the areas they continually point out is a weak spot for me is giving praise or encouragement. I've ...
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How to increase sales on educational website and how to engage people on forum to talk about/answer on relevant topic?

I am working with an educational website. Where people use to ask question related to study abroad. Our motive of this website is to get help from the people who have gone or experience with that ...
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What are examples of participation rates in online communities?

Every online community has their fair share of lurkers or people who show up but don't actively participate, just like in any classroom there are some who raise their hands to answer questions and ...
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How to increase social coherence in a community with high renewal rate?

Consider a community where many people remain a relatively short time. For example, a university department with 100 post-docs. Some stay for one year, some for three, some five. The community is ...
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How can I set up a system to encourages people to create content on a Wiki?

It was suggested that I move my original question over here. The basics is there's a side project at work to create a wiki to manage disorganized documentation and information. Essentially we want to ...
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How can I get people to join a site and not simply glance and pass it by?

A Stack Exchange site I participate on has been getting many questions in the Hot Network questions list recently, which has resulted in many questions getting lots of views. However, there comes a ...
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How many users do you need to have an active chat? (Even a benchmark % will do)

I run a fairly active video website, and I'm introducing a real-time chat feature for the users/viewers of the site. I'm trying to find if there has been a study or statistics, talking about the ...
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How do I start an active userbase for a tag in on a question and answer site (like Stack Exchange)?

I like to code in AS3 (ActionScript 3) in my spare time. My code quality is okay, but because I write most of the code after work or in weekends when I'm tired, I make a few mistakes. I'd like to be ...
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What are the disadvantages to organic non-centralised communities?

Why do we need to have a centralised hierarchical authority in our communities instead of letting them organise themselves? I am not well informed about this, so I apologise if this is in the wrong ...
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How to discern a case of illegal sockpuppetry from a group of people legally contributing from the same workplace?

Cases of (not too well concealed) sockpuppetry can often be characterized by different accounts using the same IP and more or less massively upvoting each other in shorter or longer periods of time. ...
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How to handle “drive-by” users on a Stack Exchange site?

On the Stack Exchange community that I moderate, we have a lot questions from new users who ask a question, get a response, and then leave right away. It seems to be hurting the quality of our ...
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Dyslexic user participation in the community

My online community has a strict rule that all posts need to use proper spelling and grammar. However, we also have some users who are dyslexic, and for whom this rule poses a barrier to their ...
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Do badges (gamification) produce positive results in a professional community?

The community manager of a large developer community recently mentioned to me that we now have the ability to roll out badges for achievements on the site. These sound similar to Stack Exchange's ...
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How do I participate as a new user in a community?

I've joined a community and read the rules. More than once even. I've lurked in the community for a while. Occasionally, I've poked my head out of a dark cave and even said a few things. I doubt they'...
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How can I tell if a small specialized community is dying or if the long time-scale of activity is natural?

Our small community is naturally expected to have a longer "time-scale" for new activity appearing on the site than for example a typical medium-sized Stack Exchange community, because it is very ...
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How can I encourage more participation in a community that has been active in the past but is going through a lull in activity?

Sometimes active online communities can have a dry spell of activity. They've been active in the past, but participation has dropped off and it can become a self fulfilling prophecy that nobody ...
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Starting a community from scratch - how to create initial userbase?

I've seen this too many times. A new forum on some subject, with thirty or more sub-fora, great most of them with 0 posts, some with 2-3, one "welcome topic" running greetings from some 40 users the ...
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How does a mailing list compare with a web forum in terms of user engagement and retention?

A discussion-oriented mailing list I am (was?)1 on has had a recurring discussion about moving to a web-based forum. Those who favor the move argue that content is easier to manage, presentation is ...
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What can be done to encourage users to broaden the ways in which they participate?

In many communities, particularly ones that rely on member participation for policy building and content guidance, growth and development rely on core members being active in a variety of ways (...
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Encouraging new user participation while critiquing their first posts

I have seen this scenario play out a few times where a new user kind of understands the idea and wants to participate, but doesn't understand the site rules or hasn't read them yet. Because of this ...
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How can I get more users interested in the future of the site, not just in the content now?

There are some users on a site I moderate that participate but I don't consider to be in the core user base. How can I get them to care about how the site operates more? Whenever discussing something ...
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Am I a moderator or a user?

How should I behave as a user when I'm also a moderator, especially in cases of inter-user disagreement over content or policy? I have my own reasons for thinking I'm right, of course, but I don't ...