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Questions tagged [small-communities]

questions related to the moderating of communities with a small userbase or if the building is still in progress.

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Building a simple staff portal to brink all links to external sites into 1 place and provide a place for company files and announcements

I am but a lowly employee at the company I work for, we have a reasonable workforce of around 300+. We are NOT an office or corporate company, and the majority of our staff are not technically minded....
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Support chatroom triggers conflicts. How to build a code of conduct?

We moderate a support chatroom for people with Asperger and autism. We experience that some users are disturbed by the conversations of other users, when those conversations touch on topics such as ...
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How to bring people only “interested” by an event to come to it?

I am organising swing dancing parties in a big city in UK. It used to be free and hosted inside a house. It brought around ten people at each event. We mostly communicate on Facebook. The reached ...
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Replacing Discourse and Slack with a single platform?

TL;DR: Are there tools/platforms that can replace both Discourse (forums for end users) and Slack (chat for developers) at once for a small open source organization? We're a small open source ...
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Ways to notify interested autistic contacts of next meetings

I manage a mensual meeting on a very specific subject (HIQ and autistic spectrum), in a western megapole of 10 million people. Approximatively 40 people have come to one of my 20 activities organized ...
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Choosing a platform for your community

I am wondering how you guys chose the platform for you community? I have been leading a group for a couple of years. We were originally on Skype, then moved to Google Hangouts + Email for a few years,...
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Decision by consensus vs deciding by yourself as the leader of a group

I lead a small group of makers and builders (~5-10 ppl), who are very busy people. If you have to decide on a policy, you could take a vote on a policy decision, and go with the majority? take a ...
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How can monolingual members of a bilingual online community be made to feel more welcome?

A virtual role-playing "nation" has emerged in a larger, expansive online realm. This nation is de facto bilingual in two natural languages. About half of the members (including myself) speak both ...
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Community platform - How to trigger interaction with e-commerce developers?

I am currently busy with a graduation assignment at a company that is specialised in e-commerce development. I am creating an online community (blog) platform, and I would like to have some opinions ...
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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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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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I'm trying to build a support community in the real world - What happens in a support group?

I haven't been to a support group. In my country there isn't a single support group. So I have only read about them online. And the only thing that I've read is that they "provide support" and various ...
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Define strategy to social networks targeting multiple countries

I have a website about reviews targeting two countries, speaking the same language: wwww.br.xxx.com and wwww.pt.xxx.com. Each review will only be relevant to the readers of that respective country (...
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How can I advertise my community?

I want to advertise my community (an online community with a forum, homepage and TeamSpeak without a specification) and I don't have many members at the moment (only 10). Now, I want to make the ...
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My co-workers don't understand what moderation means

I moderate a roleplay forum unpaid. I do this because I love to moderate. Moderators on this site get in role play authority to enforce users. (ex. being a group leader.) I have slowly realized that ...
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Community funding ideas [closed]

I am new to this so I appreciate your your time and knowledge as i get use to using this forum. I was wondering if anyone has any experience or ideas on how to create a community find in order to ...
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How should I organize a Meetup group to generate sales leads?

Sales management has noticed that a couple of sales districts have active Meetup groups involving our customers and our products. These particular Meetup groups have turned out to be a great source ...
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How to fill a dating site with users BEFORE the release?

I would like to create a local dating community. Problem: I have just a few users and I want to avoid the situation that new users just go away after seeing "nothing is up here"... So is the only ...
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Best way to improve communication among residents of a homeowners association?

I'm interested in setting up an online forum or place of written discussion in order to improve communication within the homeowners association of which I am a member. I'm particularly interested in ...
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In a loosely managed community, how can I introduce new rules?

I run a local community of programmers and IT professionals, and we're using Slack as the only area for online communications. Lately, I've noticed that people use Slack channels that has been created ...
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How to start a charity project making use of college students as cram school teachers for orphans in lower levels of education?

I want to start a charity project that makes use of the human capital we have here in Morocco. The targeted population of the project is orphans of the same city and i'm having thoughts about making ...
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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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Community rules as a barrier to entry

My question: When starting a community should it basically be a free for all and as use reaches or gets near critical mass then implement rules perhaps based on user input? Background: While setting ...
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What should we do when a small community loses its leadership?

I'm part of a small community in my home city (15 - 20 active members). There was a person who was the clear leader in the community but she left to another country for a job a little over a year ago. ...
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When do I have a “community” versus a “group of people”?

At what point is a group of people considered a community? Can a community consist of only two people or is there more required? Some examples I'm curious about: ... random commenters on a blog? ...
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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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Create a community in a twitch lifestream

There is a streaming platform out there, focused on games, called twitch.tv. I am streaming my favourite game there ( League of Legends if someone cares) , but it isn't that exciting when not many ...
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Astro Turfing to help jump start a community

As we all know building a community is hard especially when it's new. I've heard and been told by other website/community mods that Astro Turfing is commonly done by many to help build and encourage ...
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Effective way to manage a film production community

Me and my friends started a studio for Minecraft movie production. We were only 3 back then, and it was all nice, we had a YouTube channel, Facebook page etc., we were only starting. But as people ...
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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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Reducing sign-up as a barrier to entry

I've been running a community forum for a while now. I'm having trouble attracting members who actually contribute. How can I get people to take that plunge and sign up? I'm using phpBB and I'm ...
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Increasing Engagement on a new Gaming Blog

I recently started a new gaming blog and wanted to get opinions on the best way to build my audience and increase the engagement of the community I already have. I've already set up a website using ...
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What's A Good Member to Moderator Ratio

I'm having a private Minecraft server that I just started a few days ago. I'm needing to see what a good moderator to member ratio should be. If there are too little moderators and too many members, ...
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Do downvotes affect the health of a small community?

I am building a subreddit community and looking at similar subreddits for ideas on how to improve my user engagement. One thing that I have been noticing is that the smaller communities often have a ...
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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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Can't ban and the physical world has no “ignore” button; how do we deal with a disruptive member?

I belong to a small, open community that meets in person and is largely run by consensus. (There is an organizational authority who can step in if something really requires that, but said person is ...
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How long should I give a community to develop, before killing it?

When creating a new community I want to give it time to establish itself, but I also don't want to maintain something that's just not going to work. How should I decide how long to give a new ...
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What should I do if users on a related site continuously attack and misrepresent our community (including accusations of criminal intentions)?

What should I do, if I observe certain users of a related site continuously misrepresenting and attacking our community on their own place? At times, the attacks go even farther than "conventional ...
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How can I effectively moderate a something that's not yet a community, and prevent it from abuse, while maximizing normal user experience?

I'm creating a small online service that may eventually have some form of community, but it's currently at its very first steps. It allows you to create an account, and then create projects with those ...
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Advantages to storing content locally vs outsourcing it to a 3rd party

I'm a leader in a small community about pet ownership for owners in my area. We partnered with a couple pet oriented businesses to get them publicity and in turn we received some as well. Anyway, my ...
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How can I effectively moderate a chatroom without always being there?

There are many perks to having a chatroom associated with a website. However, the chatroom is fast paced, and there are typically less than 15 users active at once. While there is often a moderator ...
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How can I encourage and promote community moderation?

One of the struggles I have found with having elevated moderator abilities in a small community moderated site is the risk of other members growing used to the fact that moderation is already "taken ...
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How do you handle moderation with early stages of a community?

With small and starter communities, many feel like it's painful to suspend or even warn offending users, because the community is small and there aren't many people as is it on it. How do you ...