What do communities have to have?

Thoughtful question of the day.

What do communities have to have?

What do communities have to have?

— Rosie Sherry (@rosiesherry) September 19, 2022

Some answers given from within the tweet:

  • people / members
  • community managers
  • purpose
  • shared values
  • discussions / conversations
  • good moderation
  • a reason for existing
  • bonds
  • respect
  • members who want to help one another grow.
  • place
  • a safe, welcoming space to gather
  • Connection
  • Empathy
  • Genuinely shared things they look forward to together (or can’t stand together). I hate to say it, but strong communities often have to have a common enemy of some kind.
  • a shared calendar
  • trust
  • a strong sense of camaraderie
  • members who genuinely care

What else would you add?

Core foundations should include:

  • Strong proactive moderation
  • Strong purpose and vision

The rest depends on the purpose of the community. Kiwifarms, 4chan and others like those show you can have a thriving community based on hate, negativity and conflict.