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Building Online Communities

posted by ziggy on 2002.10.24 9:54   Printer-friendly
chromatic writes "I've published an essay about building online communities on the O'Reilly Network. It pulls together several thoughts gathered from observing sites like this one."
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  • chromatic++. Er, I mean, +1, Insightful. Wait, where am I anyway?

    Another thing to consider is how far "cross-pollination" of community sites is simplified because of the similarity of the UI. (Usually because of a common codebase: think E2 and Perl Monks, use Perl and Slashdot.) It may attract you to a site, although it probably won't keep you there: the community dynamic can be very different even when the UI is similar. For example, both use Perl and Slashdot are on Slash, but the similarity pretty

    • I think Everything is more chaotic than Slash, from the maintainer's perspective. I don't think using Everything would be suitable for a news site, but it seems to work well for community sites like E2 and Perl Monks.

      As for the Chatterbox, I don't think Use Perl is updated often enough for people to be hitting it enough to maintain chatter. I think the reason why it works on E2 is because people are busy working their way between nodes and can follow vaguely what's going on in the Chatterbox. I hit Use Per