Online communities are places where people should be able to come together to share ideas and learn from each other in an environment that is safe and enjoyable to participate in. In healthy communities, members follow established guidelines and norms to create a culture of collaboration and mutual support. Occasionally
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In many ways, our company seemed well-positioned for the COVID-19 pandemic. We'd already been a 100% remote company, spread across many time zones and countries. We'd learned to use tools (like Discourse!) asynchronously to communicate and work effectively. When push came to shove, though, it didn't help much. Our employees
While we've offered general tips for building a Discourse community [https://civilized-discourse-construction-kit-inc.ghost.io/2014/08/building-a-discourse-community/] , we also get a lot of questions about what specifically you can do to help launch a successful Discourse community. What is the "elevator pitch" for your community? The very first thing people
The user trust system is a fundamental cornerstone of Discourse. Trust levels are a way of… * Sandboxing new users in your community so that they cannot accidentally hurt themselves, or other users while they are learning what to do. * Granting experienced users more rights over time, so that they can
tl;dr: Discourse will be participating in Outreachy Summer. If you are eligible to participate in this internship, please consider applying [https://www.outreachy.org/2018-may-august/communities/discourse/#testing]! About Outreachy Participants of Outreachy work with an open source organization (in our case Discourse) on a 3 month programming project.
For almost a year now, we’ve been doing something that’s considered quite risky [http://david.heinemeierhansson.com/2013/the-perils-of-mixing-open-source-and-money.html] for an open source project: Paying contributors. Communities like ours are fundamentally built on intrinsic motivation [https://blog.codinghorror.com/the-vast-and-endless-sea/]. Getting money involved can jeopardize the whole
This is our first year participating in Google Summer of Code. In short, if you're a student with some Rails & Ember skills, you should check out our GSoC profile [https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5787017325576192/] and consider applying for a chance to do paid work on Discourse under the mentorship
As part of our ongoing series of interviews with customers [https://civilized-discourse-construction-kit-inc.ghost.io/tag/culture/], our latest is with John Mardlin [https://twitter.com/JohnMardlin] who helps traders, devs and humans use bitcoin at Coinbase — partly through their Discourse-powered community.coinbase.com [https://community.coinbase.com/]. What is Coinbase?
We don't consider Discourse successful unless the communities using Discourse are thriving and growing. And no community we host has thrived quite like Choice of Games [https://www.choiceofgames.com]. Their Discourse has absolutely exploded over the last year, to the point that they are now the 22nd largest Discourse
We measure Discourse's success as an open source project by one simple metric: are Discourse communities working? Is your community working? We recently interviewed Brian Adams [http://badevguru.ghost.io/] of OpenROV to discuss how they use Discourse and get some specifics about what is – and isn't – working for their
Sure, anyone can set up their very own Discourse in 30 minutes or less [https://civilized-discourse-construction-kit-inc.ghost.io/2014/04/install-discourse-in-under-30-minutes/]. But how do you get people to go there? I often describe Discourse as an interesting dinner party. Think of categories as rooms, topics as tables, replies as conversations.
Here's my ForumCon [http://www.forumcon.com/] 2013 keynote, Forums Are Dead, Long Live Forums [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k02ev0qzP4] -- you'll have to juxtapose the video with the slides manually, unfortunately, but here they are side by side. Update March 2022: Unfortunately the video in this post
If I learned anything at Stack Overflow, it is the importance of meta to any healthy community [http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/02/listen-to-your-community-but-dont-let-them-tell-you-what-to-do.html] . Meta is the one dedicated area every single forum needs, no matter its size, no matter how obscure it is, regardless how many posts
With Discourse, it was clear that we needed to totally reboot the software to create next-generation forum software. But code is only part of the story. Any reasonable attempt at delivering a Civilized Discourse Construction Kit has to provide a safe, simple default set of guidelines for civilized discourse. Today's