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The other 3 Founders need to speak with the problem founder. Depending on your dynamic, this can either be as a group or a simple one-on-one with a designated Founder to speak for you three. The one thing you want to avoid is having this look like a plot to band against Founder C. It makes it easier if they don't become defensive immediately. In this ...


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Intro: don't expect it to work in your favor First thing to keep in mind is that purpose of hot questions feature is established pretty firmly and that it's not really about helping in your community growth. The feature is there only to show network wide audience entertaining / interesting questions. If you're interested, refer MSE for more details on that: ...


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First think about what you can offer: Why should experts of any topic come to you? Why should they answer questions or discuss on your site? What is the advantage of being active on your site? The first two questions can be easily answered: They should come to you because you can offer extraordinary content concerning the topic. To build this extraordinary ...


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Start small First of all, you don't want to have "thirty or more sub-fora" when there's nobody on your site to begin with. You can always categorize later. If you have thirty or more sub-fora, chances are your topic is too broad (in that you need those various sections because it is entirely separate content), or the topic is too fragmented (Windows ...


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Fortunately, you have an advantage here. By stating that you just want to appeal technical users, you don't have to break down everything on a non-technical level. This will make the communication way easier. This is a communication model which is broken down on an easy level. We don't need it more detailed in your situation. Usually, you are the sender and ...


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I'm pretty sure we will never know of a satisfying answer as this is a question every community manager or leader is concerned about. I'm also pretty sure that my answer won't satisfy you. Let's start with something really basic, at least something basic to me. I think it's highly unethical to judge your community by using numbers. Numbers are related to ...


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This is a problem all administrators/moderators seem to face and ultimately if your site keeps growing you won't be able to keep up. While the site is small you can effectively be both a user (posting, commenting, voting etc.) and a moderator quite successfully, but as the site grows you find that you only have time to do one of these things and that as the ...


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Word of mouth, spread it to your friends and get them interested. Get it put on social media and ask your friends to do the same, get it to your friends, friends so that it starts to push out. If you have something that is interesting to people, word of mouth will spread it better than anything. Next visit other sites that are of similar interest to yours. ...


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I don't think there is a real way to control this as that's like attracting only rich people to your restaurant. A few things that you can do: Make quality guidelines to ensure that good content gets added, not just anything. Approach prominent figures in your field. Is there a famous blogger? Important person? Just someone smart that you think that your ...


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If the normal state of affairs is low activity (days per post rather than posts per day) then it's going to be difficult to prove that the current hiatus is part of a downward spiral rather than a normal pause in activity. You need more data that doesn't rely on actual activity (posts/votes/likes/etc.) Perhaps the only way you can do this is to log all ...


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You mentioned that you leave links all over the place, but have you personally invited any users to chat? A member of the community that I'm active in did just that when I was new. Now a day doesn't go by that I'm not in that room. That will help get people into the room, but once they're there, they need a reason to stay there. You mentioned in the ...


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An alternative approach to Andy's answer is much less direct. His approach is great if nothing else works, but if that approach fails, it may cause some irreversible damage. I'm guessing this person may spread some lies about the server saying the "admins kick people off for no reason" and it's "no fun to play." Also, asking him to step down seems a bit ...


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If the game is effectively dead now that the sequel is out then it might be the time to cut your losses and move on. However, if the information is valuable - true if people are going to continue playing the original game - then perhaps you need to look at archiving the information to another read-only site. This would preserve the information, but would ...


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I won't say you can't find others (and betters) ways to raise funds for your community, but I just can imagine few sources of income: 1. Donations. The best way (not saying it's the easiest). If you have a lot of people contributing with a low percentage of the incomes, nobody will feel hurt by spending a small amount of money - it's a matter of engage ...


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The basic thing is to reach resolution. You can't please everyone, and there would always be those who wanted things to go this way and not that way. The staff and moderation team should pick the debate from there, make a decision, announce it, and move on. The quicker it is to be over, the quicker it is to become "the ugly part of the site's history".


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The online and digital components of a community provide many opportunities to measure what's happening between the members of the community. There are so many ways to measure this activity, its actually possible to drown in metrics and not necessarily derive any clear meaning. Measuring activity in a community, however, can provide a lot of insights of ...


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The short answer is often, "people like to be where people are." It takes a lot of energy and pump-priming to get people used to a new community and willing to engage with it. The more they see is new, the more they are likely to check it out. The hard part, of course, is creating that new content over time and getting people to begin posting their own new ...


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As a moderator, you need to be especially weary of promoting the site that you're moderating. Moderation is a strong affiliation, and promotion from you is likely to be considered spam in many online communities. It's often better to leave the promotion to ordinary participants. Some online communities allow users to have a signature or profile where they ...


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First, congratulations on your growth! The next step is how to manage this growth. Take a step back and see what the community is doing in areas where you are not able to keep up any longer. Are there complaints or is the community getting along just fine? Is it "administration" tasks that are not getting done (eg. handling flags, dealing with spammers, ...


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As Jan Doggen already mentioned, you could actually use a RSS feed. However, this problem seems to be more complex. The real problem is: You have too much content for too less time. You already showed four possible solutions of your problem. I will try to make it clear to you which solution is the best in your case. "I could pick a couple tags, read ...


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I see that your site is now in public beta, but since you asked about private beta I'll talk about both phases. I've been involved in the private-beta phase of a few Stack Exchange sites, and what I've seen is that for private beta, your focus should be on people who are already users on other SE sites. As you're working out initial scope and that crucial ...


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For a group of 20 or so, you're doing too much regulating. This has sense in a larger meeting (30+) but for such a small group, there should be more socializing and less of formal meetings. Push the official/discussion part to after people had some more time to get acquainted. Pick time for at least 2-3 hours of some socializing activity at the start. Then ...


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Bots are all over the internet. The good ones attempt to provide some bit of information to the user. The bad ones spew spam (or worse). On reddit, there are several "good" bots that attempt to provide further information to users of the site. One of the most common ones you see is /u/autowikibot. This bot provides an except of a linked Wikipedia article ...


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First of all, unless your new community experience uses Facebook logins, you have the issue of just getting prior community members to log into the new community. Consider that some percentage of your old membership is basically gone. Some are rarely engaged, and some are very engaged. You are only going to be able to move the very engaged in short order. ...


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Thinking in terms of how to help a new viewer of your virtual community become interested enough to continue reading, return, and become motivated to react or even contribute content is the way to approach this question. Typical social media factors would apply here. What's an optimal percentage for your community depends on the nature of your audience, ...


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The more specific and deep a community can get in terms of purpose, goals, and experience, the better chance it has of building a large and sticky following. Of course, it depends on the nature of the topic, targeted audience, and nature of the content, but if your community can add value both to beginners, and to experts, then its more likely to create the ...


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I would say, continue what you are doing now. Respond and interact with the paying clients but ignore (well, perhaps not completely ignore, but have minimal interaction with) the freeloaders. It might be difficult as these people have clearly "bought in" to your product and believe that they have some say in how it develops. The only risk is that these ...


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Have a speciality If you want to start a forum, be sure that you have a real topic to talk about. Don't bother other people with the third-million-cat-picture-forum but talk about something special. Maybe you want to specialize your forum to speak about happy cats or cats with rainbow eyes. Start with only a few boards You should start with a few boards, ...


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