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  1. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-04-18/anthony-fauci-sexiest-man-alive There's this specific paragraph that I think is especially relevant to modern communities: In your community, how do you differentiate between discussion of regular people versus authoritative advice? How do you tone down 'armchair experts' and elevate real experts?
  2. An engagement practice for members to visibly share their work online in your community. It offers opportunities for both members and superusers to openly share their knowledge, purposeful discovery, and growth for others. It's usually the entire point of communities of practice, for members who all share the same profession or craft. Discussion Questions What kinds of spaces do you offer for your members to 'work out loud'? (eg. blogs, showcases, or something customized?) How do you promote, feature, or affirm the best ones into teachable moments for others? View full article
  3. An engagement practice for members to visibly share their work online in your community. It offers opportunities for both members and superusers to openly share their knowledge, purposeful discovery, and growth for others. It's usually the entire point of communities of practice, for members who all share the same profession or craft. Discussion Questions What kinds of spaces do you offer for your members to 'work out loud'? (eg. blogs, showcases, or something customized?) How do you promote, feature, or affirm the best ones into teachable moments for others?
  4. Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from internal motivation, rather than external rewards. Understanding - and enforcing - intrinsic motivation is key for forum administrators and community managers because it helps uncover the underlying reasons for why people return, participate, and become involved. Although members can be motivated by external rewards (like badges, money, or promotion), it's usually the intrinsic motivation that drives the behavior. Members feel greater satisfaction in their achievements. The more you can align your member journey to intrinsic motivation, the more you can unlock the human potential of your members. Here are some factors in intrinsic motivation: Curiosity: to explore and learn for pleasure and enjoyment Challenge: to work toward your goals while maintaining optimal performance Control: to control outcomes and make decisions that affect those outcomes Influence: to persuade and offer thoughts that are valued by others Recognition: to feel appreciated and recognized for our efforts Cooperation: to belong and feel satisfied sharing goals with others Competition: to challenge and be ranked against our peers in importance Fantasy: to create and envision new behaviors or even entire worlds Discussion Questions What is your intrinsic motivation in building your forum? Is it a sense of satisfaction, friendship, or something else? What pathways to intrinsic motivation do you offer in your community? What's an example when you affirmed a member's intrinsic motivation? View full article
  5. Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from internal motivation, rather than external rewards. Understanding - and enforcing - intrinsic motivation is key for forum administrators and community managers because it helps uncover the underlying reasons for why people return, participate, and become involved. Although members can be motivated by external rewards (like badges, money, or promotion), it's usually the intrinsic motivation that drives the behavior. Members feel greater satisfaction in their achievements. The more you can align your member journey to intrinsic motivation, the more you can unlock the human potential of your members. Here are some factors in intrinsic motivation: Curiosity: to explore and learn for pleasure and enjoyment Challenge: to work toward your goals while maintaining optimal performance Control: to control outcomes and make decisions that affect those outcomes Influence: to persuade and offer thoughts that are valued by others Recognition: to feel appreciated and recognized for our efforts Cooperation: to belong and feel satisfied sharing goals with others Competition: to challenge and be ranked against our peers in importance Fantasy: to create and envision new behaviors or even entire worlds Discussion Questions What is your intrinsic motivation in building your forum? Is it a sense of satisfaction, friendship, or something else? What pathways to intrinsic motivation do you offer in your community? What's an example when you affirmed a member's intrinsic motivation?
  6. Touchpoints are any ways that a visitor or member interacts with your community, whether it be through the forums, mobile app, physical (like a conference), or any other form of communication. Some touchpoints are obvious and through the forum or online community itself: forum discussions, articles, resources, and comments. You may also intentionally position some touchpoints front-and-center, like products or subscriptions. But many touchpoints can be overlooked, and they're often the one and only interaction some members or visitors will ever have with you: Contact Form Newsletter Personal Messages Direct emails Discussion Questions: What are all of the different touchpoints on your forum or online community? Divide between digital and physical. In the past week, what touchpoints are the ones where you've received the most inquiries?
  7. Touchpoints are any ways that a visitor or member interacts with your community, whether it be through the forums, mobile app, physical (like a conference), or any other form of communication. Some touchpoints are obvious and through the forum or online community itself: forum discussions, articles, resources, and comments. You may also intentionally position some touchpoints front-and-center, like products or subscriptions. But many touchpoints can be overlooked, and they're often the one and only interaction some members or visitors will ever have with you: Contact Form Newsletter Personal Messages Direct emails Discussion Questions: What are all of the different touchpoints on your forum or online community? Divide between digital and physical. In the past week, what touchpoints are the ones where you've received the most inquiries? View full article
  8. I started with SMF so I will always have a deep affinity and respect for that community. They were great, but the reason why I eventually "went premium" is precisely what you you said -- it took them forever to update. I know they're a volunteer community but the interest and passion is no longer there. This tracks with the broader forum market: it's going up the value chain to premium and enterprise platforms. Why start a new SMF forum with all the hassles and problems of hosting when you can open a new Discord channel or Facebook group? They've been cannibalized by social media platforms.
  9. There's a lot of angst over the future of forums, but there will always be an enduring power of discussions, sharing, and learning among a group with similar interests. A lot of forums in the social, general, and lifestyle niches have slowly declined. What's your community strategy to grow? Are you building a content hub with best-in-class resources, tutorials, and knowledge base? Are you a brand or organization with an existing audience that you seek to serve?
  10. (Breaking news) Xenforo just unveiled the long awaited redesign of their homepage. It features a subdued dark blue / gray starburst pattern behind their logo with the tagline: Compelling community platform. The sub tagline: Xenforo is the solution your customers would choose. Love it? Hate it?
  11. Howdy Shawn 😀 You're a great example of a guy who can balance between the physical and the digital: to combine his love for outdoor hiking with online mediums and technological communication! Also, what's geocaching?? From a guy who has been running and involved with forums for many years, what's some advice that you would share to new webmasters? Joel
  12. Hi @Ashley thanks for updating us on your forum's progress!
  13. It's going to impact the sites indexing in the short-term. In general though, Google doesn't care about the platform. It cares about the content, the speed, the user experience, the tools, and benefits you offer to visitors. Focus on that, and you'll do well regardless of platform.
  14. I'm very late but still happy new year!!
  15. Welcome to Webmasterhut. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

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