Wanted: Your community building questions and ideas

by Martin Reed on 15 April 2008 in Snippets

Ideas for community building panel

Unfortunately I missed out on attending the South by SouthWest Interactive Festival this year. Having read more about the event from those that managed to attend, it looks like I missed out on a great opportunity so I have decided to ensure I attend next year.

Patrick O’Keefe, a successful developer of online communities and recent guest writer here at Community Spark, suggested we get together and submit ideas for a panel related to forums/online communities at next years event. It may seem early for us to be thinking about an event that won’t be taking place until early 2009, but panel ideas need to be submitted by July of this year.

Therefore, we need your ideas now for what kind of issues we should consider/cover. Panels are an hour long and a chunk of it is taken up by questions so we need to come up with a topic that can be discussed for around half an hour to leave a decent amount of time for questions.

Please leave a comment with your ideas for what we could run a panel on. If you were attending such an event and there was a panel related to online community building, what would you like to see addressed? What aspect of community building would you like to know more about? What questions would you have? What are the challenges you would like help with?

I look forward to reading your ideas so we can hopefully submit some ideas. Who knows, if our ideas are good enough we may even get selected and you can come along and meet us next March!

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Patrick O'Keefe April 15, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Thanks Martin. Yes, please comment with your ideas, anyone! SXSW was a lot of fun and I look forward to meeting and sharing a panel with Martin, but we need ideas! :D


Rezeyu April 15, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I’d be primarily interested in third party extensions, and how to integrate the various parts of a community site asynchronously; e.g Forum, Blog, Gallery, Etc.

The more third party apps you add, the harder it is to make everything flow and feel unified. I see this the most in commercial aspects, where forums have separate logins from the main pages, or just feel.. tacked on?

Furniture Store April 16, 2008 at 5:10 am

I would, primarily as a blog reader, like to see discussed the question of how content can be improved. That is a vast topic i would imagine, and aspects such as originality, universal versus niche appeal, being current etc could be considered.

Smiley April 17, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Cheaper forms of advertising than wasting 200 a week on Google Adwords for us impatient folk who are growing tired of waiting on search engines lol

Muscle Post April 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Monetizing your blog! Of course, this can include a number of off-shoots. Adsense, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts…

mark April 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm

I never knew about the south by southwest Interactive Festival!! Sounds like something I would like to be a part of. I would love to see if we could get some info about less expensive forms of advertising and monetizing my blog!!

Nicole Price April 18, 2008 at 9:48 am

I’d like to know how a community site can be made into a good source of income while maintaining good quality standards. Ideas apart from regular stuff like Adsense.

Anders Both April 19, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I see it as a challenge that some internet community userns might change to use places like facebook or myspace for networking/forum etc – instead of different smaller community sites around.

Does people see this as a problem, and if yes in what ways can it be adressed.

Melissa April 20, 2008 at 3:38 am

Hello Martin,

This may not be what you are looking for, but I would like to see a discussion about the types of people who use online communites and what their needs are. I am creating a new niche site trying to fill a need that I think exists in the glbt community. However, if the site does not fill users needs then they won’t use the site. I have used myspace and facebook, but they didn’t fill the need I have when wanting to connect with other on the local level…..as a result, I decided to create my site.

I know the simple answer is that users want to stay connected with other. But I think there is more specific things that people are looking for.

I think the monetary side of things will come if you have the rest. But that is also a good topic to discuss as well.

I don’t know….just my two cents.

webbdesign April 23, 2008 at 11:42 am

In many online communities the new guys ask questions, and more advanced users answer them. If we want to keep beginning and intermediate users more engaged, we need them to change from asker to answerer much earlier. In other words, by forcing participants to be quite nice to newbies, beginners feel safe posing questions. That is important in many communities.

Chat April 30, 2008 at 2:18 am

I would say how to get members addicted to your community / return often would be a good issue


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