I recently wrote a blog article
in which a commenter asked me what my thoughts are on creating a a community that encourages more creative exploration.
First off, I apologize if this comes off as blogspamming. The question caught me off guard and I felt even if I had some vague ideological and non-technical ideas, as a whole, they just don't mesh as a good enough answer so I decided to ask here. (and I didn't do it in pm because I think others would also like to know what DC members think of)
As for why it's in a GOE thread, I felt the basics are easy enough to answer. Not often done but easy enough to answer.
Notably for a short period of time I was a part of Mixx and I saw the basics. Listen to your community, be active in forums, participate in community made podcasts. Alot of which made me feel special listening to the Social Blend podcast at the time before I left the site. (Also the reason why I didn't ask there because this is currently the only forum I am semi-active in.)
It's a definite productivity question though.
On some levels, if you build it or people flock to it or you market it to hell that's enough. However there is often a rarity in getting people's personal views on this. At least, I think so.
On some levels, there's no true answer because alot of other qualities like design, leadership, software, user friendliness, etc. comes into play.
However on some levels, you also get the feeling that people answering these questions often attempt to downplay the specifics in favor of coming off like imparting with a generic catch-all advice with examples. It also doesn't help that these things are often asked interview style instead of the unlimited time afforded by a forum model.Anyway, for those who feel the blog link is too long and unrelated to you, these are the words I said that prompted the question:
|"Yet even now, we can't totally have a community that doesn't keep bumping generic threads and replying at cliche problems with cliche answers on a constant basis. It would be nice if we can one day be the community that breaks Sturgeon's Law and makes it "98% of everything is crud" and keeps pushing the envelope from there."|