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Re: Why the inactivity?
Hi, I just received these emails in my inbox. Thought I should share
I've been a moderator for two large tech forums in the past, and I've
been around them enough to see two major forums spike in membership and
activity around 2006 and then drop off with various spikes throughout
2007 - 2009 until everything kinda imploded in 2010. I was in high
school and had lots of time on my hands. You can see actual results via
web archives, etc.
I was in charge of the weekly newsletter. I planned events. I also saw a
lot of activity and engagement growth under my community care. The
number one reason was that my platform allowed people to engage with
other members on a daily basis.
Many people may say -- go do this, etc. and then when you're there,
people will respond. But honestly, I think it's best if the team did
what it was most comfortable with and something that they can engage as
much to or as little as they want/need. When you're uncomfortable, you
sweat and show how uncomfortable you are. People get uncomfortable with
anxiety -- because we watch too much TV. Check out Adam Kotsko's work .
I think one approach is to use a decentralized blogging community to
keep people engaged -- like Planet Ubuntu . This way -- we can stay
in our own counties -- never needing to head off to some arbitrary town
If few of our members have websites, we can use Dreamwidth, a
decentralized journaling web application that you can register with
using either Dreamwidth or an OpenID account. Members can subscribe to a
"community" account and post to it. I could set it up.
For physical meetings, I propose a yearly meeting instead or bi-yearly
if the first meeting is fun enough. That way we get pictures of all
Ubuntu users, have some drinks (or not), play some FreeCiv or RedEclipse
on our Ubuntu/Debian machines, and then maybe do some minor official
things -- like talk about resources or future plans for the group.