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Attracting experts to a young site with little expert content

I'm a member of a new online community that I'd like to see flourish. In order to grow and gain traction we need to increase our user base, in particular by attracting experts in our topic. What we'...
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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 can I keep up with my growing community

I have a good problem. My community is growing. Unfortunately, it's growing much faster than I anticipated and I'm having problems keeping up with aspects of the community. My biggest concern and ...
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My community has just had a major, divisive fight; how can I as a moderator move it forward?

My community has just had a major fight, with prominent, long-term contributors weighing in on both sides with much heat. Several key people have left in anger, the issue they were fighting over ...
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Community Leader is not productive and hurts site growth

I am one of 4 co-founders for a Minecraft community that is going live in January. In addition to the 4 of us, we have two administrators and a few moderators. Founder A is the guy that provides the ...
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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 can I promote my site/forum?

As a moderator on a young Stack Exchange site, I've been wondering how I can promote my site. This is a general question, so it shouldn't be Stack Exchange specific. Many forum moderators face this ...
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What metrics are helpful to describe the health of a community?

So I am managing a lot of sub communities and it became very hard to keep track of every single one. Moderator features are still in development and it happened already that I didn't notice bad ...
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How do I gather the people to create a new Stack Exchange community?

Technically, to create a new Stack Exchange site, there is a procedure on Area51. This is covered by the question How do I create a new community on Stack Exchange?. However, since then there have ...
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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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How can I encourage people to use the (secondary) chat feature on my community's software?

I have a site that I moderate where the main part of the site is strictly professional. However, there is a separate chat feature that I think people most don't know about. Bonding with others in the ...
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How to attract experts of the field to my community?

I'm a moderator on a brand new site, how can I help drive expert users to it? This will help grow the community as well as improving the content on the site.
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How should a tech company communicate on Twitter?

I'm working in a software company where we regularly do coding dojo (practices with peers) and tech monitoring to stay up-to-date (reading article, watching conferences, etc.). I'm a software ...
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As a user, how can I stay on top of a fast-growing community?

I have a good "problem": a fairly new Stack Exchange site I participate on1 took off running. Our users are active, we get lots of engaging questions and answers, and our metrics are in good shape. ...
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How can a community raise funds to help offset costs, even if site is non commercial?

I run a very small community with a nascent population (online; not associated with a geographical area). Even though my intention is to not necessarily create a profitable business out of this ...
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How to discourage a community from growing?

I have the opposite problem that many here probably have. I built a piece of software that was originally intended for myself and a handful of clients. I'm rather proud of it and it works very well ...
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How can I save a dying wiki, as its user?

I'm a semi-regular user of a game-related wiki, and I've noticed an extreme drop of activity after a sequel to the game came out. I hoped it was temporary occurrence, and we'd start to get users back ...
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Best practices to promote a private beta SE site

I'm one of the more avid users of the emerging Internet of Things Stack Exchange. With the holidays our private beta has gotten a bit long and we are struggling a bit to re-engage with the pre-holiday ...
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How to reach tech talent interested in developing countries?

I work with a nonprofit called Alter Global that supports tech entrepreneurs across the developing world by connecting them to global talent, capital, and networks. We're rolling out a Tech Fellows ...
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Made changes based on feedback from users, later found that a larger silent majority didn't like these changes

In my last question, I got advice about how to keep up with my community. Since then, I've tried to stay engaged and brought on another community leader to help me. Growth continued. Over the month of ...
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Encouraging use of a new Facebook group

I recently created a Facebook group, linked to an extant page, hoping to make it easy for all community members to participate. I've gotten a decent number of people to join the new group, and am ...
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How do you choose the software that runs your community?

How does one determine the appropriate software to utilize for a new community? I'm starting a new community and know that I want a place to put blog entries and a place for users to chat about things....
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How to increase user engagement rate?

I have for the past month been working hard on a new project for myself about learning Korean. Writing the blog and sharing everything I do, is a real blast. However, as you might imagine, a response ...
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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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What are best practices for creating engaging experience in a forum-based community?

So, I'm building a science and tech forum website and I need recommendations on how to make the experience for the members more engaging so that more of the membership will return, and become more ...
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Can I use data from public Google Docs file to seed my new site?

I have a website that depends on reviews. In the initial stage I will have a classic chicken-egg problem. I need reviews to attract readers, and I need readers to attract writers. After some research ...
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How do you handle sudden growth and expansion in a mature community?

I am a moderator in a community that has recently had a sharp increase in growth and activity levels. Our staff team is pretty small, and before the growth, I found it easy to balance my busy ...
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What forms of guerrilla marketing can be effective when building a community on the web?

I read a lot about small hacks that can help when gaining traction with very small budget. Some of the most commons strategies are: Profile signature in related forums. No cost, but some forums have ...
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How to encourage members to engage with the group?

My friends and I created a Facebook group for programmers and alike. Its aim is to have members asking questions and others answering them. As well as a source for programming related articles and ...
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How can an online community measure its growth and development?

Is there a more effective way to measure how a community is growing and developing than just with simple metrics like: Total membership Number of new members per week or month Number and percentage ...
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How can automation be used to grow and manage an online community?

I've heard a little about bots being used to moderate chatrooms and got thinking about how automated replies and smart bots could be used for other aspects of online community building beyond just in ...
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Getting word out for community to grow

I've recently finished making a social network. It's a platform for creators to meet and collaborate on their big ideas. On a bunch of Q&A sites (some of the stack overflow sites included) I ...
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Do more users engage in a community with a more specific topic?

I have a knowledge website that lives from user generated content. It is still at the very beginning and not having much active users yet. The website is similar to Wikipedia: users can write about ...
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How should a community transition from one platform to another?

I am building a community platform to help an offline community communicate better. They currently are filling the gap with a private Facebook group but lack some tools to do this well and also ...
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Moderator group events in real life

My administration team has lobbied to organize a real life meet up for team building and getting to know one another better. Based on where we are all located (and who said they are willing to travel),...
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How effective are popularity contests as a way to recruit and build community membership?

Imagine a community one of whose activities is running contests where the winner from a set of finalists is determined by popularity (i.e. most votes). A feature of these popularity contests would be ...
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How do I encourage the development of subcommunities?

My users have a range of topics they discuss. Obviously, not everyone is interested in everything. The platform has the ability set up different tags. These tags become subcommunities (on other sites ...
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How can I bring a community around a wiki of a fictional world?

The community I'd like to create is based around a fictional encyclopedia, simply a wiki, powered by Wikidot. It's pretty close to what the SCP Foundation guys do, in the content, but rather in the ...
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Models of community growth

The academic literature often proposes simple models that help us think about the behavior of a system. For instance, the Bass Diffusion Model is a famous mathematical model that captures the dynamics ...
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How can I introduce topic based subforums to my site without splitting up the traffic too much?

It is a decision I am facing and that I struggle with: How can I split up the community into different subcommunities like reddit. Currently users post on the main site. Everyone was fine with that, ...
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Steal Hashtags in social networks as guerrilla strategy

I am thinking in this strategy more like a guerrilla way. I have articles about companies and I understand that is not very polite to steal their hashtags. However, it seems a good way to reach a new ...
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Determine where my traffic is coming from?

My community has grown in fits and starts over the years. There are long lulls of a stable user base, then we get an influx of users over the course of 3-5 days. Some of those users end up sticking ...
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How can I measure growth trend of third party communities?

When one is the operator of a community platform, its possible to get a wealth of statistics to know how one's community is doing at any time and this trend over time. Examples are: Google Analytics ...
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Placing a short announcement of our community in a professional journal

How do I best approach the editors of a professional journal about the topic of our site, if I would like to ask them if it is possible to place a short inviting announcement/comment about our ...
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Managing and maintaining tagging infrastructure on a community board

Many forums have the ability to tag a post (often with multiple tags). This site does too, I see. What is the best way to prepopulate these tags? I know here users can add new ones after they get ...
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Appropriate gamification badge rewards for young community?

I am in the final stages of preparing to launch a new community. One of the things I keep reading about is how "gamification" helps to improve engagement in a community. I'm going to start small on ...
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Build a "liking" feature that best fosters an active community

Facebook has "likes", Instagram has "hearts", Twitter has "favorites" & "re-tweets", Pintrest has "pins", reddit has "upvotes". Each of these methods of showing you enjoy something have different ...
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Facebook Giveaways

So I've recently started a new gaming blog. I have nearly 100 Facebook likes and I seem to be getting some traffic across my website. I recently ran a Facebook giveaway in which I asked users to ...
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Encouraging people from Facebook buy/sell group to use free classified website

So I have 3 buy/sell groups in Facebook with 20,000+ , 28,000+ and 43,000+ users. I wanted to encourage them to use a classified website and tried a lot of things for this, but so far I only get an ...
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How to crowdfund for Solar Nonprofit to garnish funds to initiate first project

I am the founder of a nonprofit organization trying to achieve our first project of installing photovoltaic solar panels in our city's largest public high school energy spender. Garnishing funds is ...