Welcome to another week of community building news!
This week for the Rosieland paid subscription:
You, your community, and all the content. A look at how to think about building content into your community.
From Nathan Schneider
Founders create startups for all sorts of reasons. Often, the motivation is a mix between the founders’ desires to do well for themselves and to do something worthwhile for others. Dreams of greatness might figure in there too. Rarely, however, is the overriding reason to build a company people want to get rid of. But that is what the startup pipeline is designed to produce.
The most urgent human rights project of our time is reimagining business.
From Seth Godin
In every community, on every team, there are people who believe that the only chance they’ve got is to cheat. Our systems persist only when peers in the community step up and insist that the cheater stop. Because being on a team that wins by cheating is ultimately self-defeating.
From Stephen Wemple
The hype around community can be annoying, but it’s a symbol of a greater reorientation happening. Silicon Valley has long focused on growth above all else. This has shaped product strategies, company cultures, and resource allocation. Now, though, we’re shifting to a world where companies are oriented around value and retention. The rise of community is one manifestation of this shift.
From Patrick Woods
In the same way, so many aspects of a thriving community are second-order effects of long-term effort. You can’t game community growth by trying to make it grow, by creating the most beautiful website or the best designer swag or hiring celebrity influencers and hoping for the best. At least not for long.
From Carter Gibson
With large followings, you suddenly start asking yourself, “What do you want from me!?” It’s a negative, pervasive, natural head space when you’re put into a performative role.
And more community goodness…
The Invisible Labor of Content Moderation — Gaby Goldberg
The rise of audio communities — Erin Mikail Staples
S3E10: Building Communities with Melanie Aronson — Everyday Startups 🎧
Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media — Tarleton Gillespie, Yale University Press 📘
The Social Architecture of Impactful Communities — Nick DeWilde
Three Hopes for Online Community Building Post-Coronavirus — Carter Gibson
Community Market Fit — CommChat
To Kill a Community — DevBizOps
The world is longing for 'community checkin' — Niklas Lohmann
Code And Community: Two Keys To Building An Open Source Winner — Glenn Soloman / Forbes
CMX Summit — Call for speakers closing this week 🎟
Food52's Culinary Community — The Digital Campfire 📺
Belonging or Authenticity? Pick One. — Sharehold Team
Episode #28 - Sid Yadav — Circle - Makerpad 🎧
Level Up Your Community with Amy Jo Kim’s Principles of Game Thinking — Community Signal 🎧
How Startup Culture “Drowns” Belonging — Sharehold Team
How did we build an online community from scratch? — Co-x3 Family 🤗
Copying From Other Communities — Richard Millington
Building a Digital Campfire on Substack — Sara Wilson
The Loop, August 2020: Community-a-thon — Stack Overflow Blog
12: People are #1 — In Before the Lock 🎧I was on Discourse + Slack for years. Just switched to + Slack and love it. Here's a quick video on how it works.A reminder that for every glamorous event or program you see a community professional run, they've dealt with like 10 of these.Mentioning & thanking your users always results in an overjoyed individual. Give credit where credit is due when someone contributes to your product.
Tim Apple @thevetdevAws shucks, thanks guys! I miss you too. @m_wimpress @ubuntu_mate https://t.co/pfEPmypy0xCommunity is not a newsletter. Community is not a webinar. Community is not a conference. All, however, can be the catalyst for launching a community.4 months ago I wanted in Clubhouse. I figured it was an elitist, boy's club, just like everything I experienced about being a womxn building a tech startup. Now that I've been in for a few weeks, I have observations to share...🧵
Janine Sickmeyer @myfriendjanineClubhouse shmubhouse! 🤚 Unless I get in... then like 👊🤫
Erin Mikail Staples 💻 @erinmikailAudio is still largely the wild wild west in community building, and it's time we start thinking of moderation sooner rather than later. I worked with a bunch of CM's including @daniellexo @brupaese @shwetak_ @fieldednotes to lay some groundwork. https://t.co/D9mzc3BDzq