People might join your community
even though because it’s small. They want to feel as though their voice will be heard. They want to influence the community and be recognized.
That’s all well and good – until your community grows. If it becomes too big you risk alienating these members and turning off new recruits.
Combat this by creating groups and private sections in your community. Create a forum for members who have been with the community for a year. If that’s too arbitrary (or would contain too many members) create a forum for members who are interested in a specific topic. Consider creating a private forum for your community’s superstars. Allow members to form their own groups and build exclusive forums.
Smaller communities will always be stronger than larger ones. You need to plan for growth and maintain a bond between members. The best way to do this is by creating groups; allow your community to grow by dividing it up into smaller communities.