How would you compare a career in social work with elementary school teaching? Given that underlying values overlap so much, how might you decide which would spark more passion, happiness, and success? (Not that any career is perfect.) [more inside]
How do I maintain social boundaries in a small community? [more inside]
The election process in my neighborhood is very inefficient. What can I do to make it better? [more inside]
What can I use as inspiration for cheap, creative ways to help change perceptions of my "bad" neighbourhood? [more inside]
I'm a recent transplant and need a new local haunt. Does anyone know of any good homey bars in the Boston or Cambridge area? [more inside]
QuakerFilter: reading materials (books, blogs) on how the principles of S.P.I.C.E. could inform food/dietary choices? [more inside]
Can I find a Unitarian Universalist-like church in Rio de Janeiro? [more inside]
How did leather, latex, and vinyl get to be the most popular and celebrated materials in the kink/BDSM world - as opposed to say velvet, silk, organza, lace, muslin? [more inside]
I want to discuss the (urban) fantasy genre in an active online community. NaNo is okay, but I'm looking for something a little more geared toward examining the tropes, the mechanics of creating a magic system, etc. AbsoluteWrite is cool, but its pace is a little slow for what I want. Am I best off combing through LiveJournal, or is something else out there? [more inside]
A man died near our condo 7 years ago, and anonymous neighbors maintain a memorial at the relevant telephone pole by attaching stuffed animals, artificial flowers, and other stuff to it, which weather eventually turns into trash. The city has occasionally (rarely) removed it, but the mourners pile more on right away. How can we best negotiate an end to this long-running custom? [more inside]
What are the best online communities for short story writers? [more inside]
I'm part of a long-standing email list community (both digest and non-digest individual mail versions) where some folks would like to be able to move to some kind of web forum type format, but others would like to hang on to their plain old email mailing list format. Is there any software out there that would work well to allow for an email interface to a web forum? Or some other way to get the old school email folks and the people who want something more like phpbb to all talk amongst themselves without too much pain for either group?
Is it possible to get liturgy without scripture? [more inside]
I've just launched a Indiegogo campaign, but after six days, nobody has shown interest. [more inside]
I'd like to find a friendly, sociable group of people to live with in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville. How do I search for this on craigslist? [more inside]
How can I encourage people to participate in our neighborhood association? What fun events can we plan for our community that will get people fired up about being a part of it? And last but not least, how can I encourage people to pay the very reasonable association dues? [more inside]
Please help me either articulate why a certain position is unethical - or help me understand how I am wrong. Is it right to charge someone more for a service based on their success in monetizing that service? [more inside]
Need help finding a new chat solution for a far-flung group. Our core group of friends is spread across the US and Canada. Part of what keeps us so close is the private chat room we've had for the last 10 years or so. Sadly, the current owner of this is shutting it down, and we need to find a new place to hang out. I've been tasked with finding the solution. To head off the inevitable question, no we can't take over the existing site, for multiple reasons that I don't want to go into. Currently we're using phpMyChat 0.14.5, hosted on a back alley page of the owner's primary site. Are newer versions of phpMyChat going to have similar features? And how do I get one? Needs/requirements inside... [more inside]
Can you recommend a good men's blog or community? [more inside]
What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film?
What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film? [more inside]
Are there any mobile apps that support community/collaborative remix? Apps that go beyond your own social network (i.e. Facebook/Twitter sharing), but post to their own public community. There are thousands of sites like that on the web, but the only ones I can find on iOS are Mixel and Make Pixel Art, and that seems crazy.
Need the knowledge of the collective hive: Trying to find another example of an online community that charges a single one-time joining fee for new users, like MetaFilter does. (We know that MetaFilter is unique in so many ways, is this yet another?) [more inside]
Looking for online fiction, non-fiction and creative writing communities and forums of all kinds. [more inside]
Have you ever planned a weekly community event? I have a meeting with city officials tomorrow and, having never planned anything like this, I don't know what to expect. Should I bring graphs and spreadsheets? What questions should I ask? [more inside]
Need help with some of the details of buying a diving board for some poor Estonian kids [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Any recommendations on books about social or environmental justice for a high school junior? [more inside]
What are some good memoirs/stories/quotes/resources for guidance in being a community activist? [more inside]
Need help understanding the community college funding models. I have recently heard about the 'Contract Education' model at community colleges in CA where you pay the school for an accredited course or program to be taught off site. Does anyone know how this process works and how expensive it is? i have searched online and cant find the info. Thanks!
Know of any webcam chat sites for gay teens that are NOT chatroulette / cam4 style? [more inside]
How do we save our favourite gay bar?! [more inside]
Help an older couple move to the bay area-My parents are interested in moving to the bay area and are visiting this week to check out some possibilities. Do you have recommendations for areas/communities that might be a good fit for them? They are in their 60's and like quiet, peaceful places, natural beauty, the ocean, slower pace, and they don't have a lot of money. They are spiritual and into alternative medicine, holistic health and gardening. Thank you!
Is there anything I can do about my noisy neighbor? [more inside]
Is there an online community or forum for engineers (or engineering grad students) who majored in humanities in college? [more inside]
We'd like to hold a Cabin Fever party at our public library next month and are looking for a few creative ideas. We're in New Hampshire & a break during the long winter spell is always welcomed. [more inside]
How do I turn my current (quite positive) experience with community work into (a) anthropological research pre-grad or (b) non-fiction writing? Or, how do you conduct research outside of the academy? [more inside]
Looking for a community/forum where I can learn more about networking, code, security, and OS-independent CS topics
I'm looking for a forum where I can ask questions about networking, security, coding, operating systems, web design, etc. There are many of these out there, but I'd like to find a single community which covers all these topics more or less equally (so it isn't a Linux forum with a small section on BSD, or a coding forum with a small section on networking). I'd like it to be the sort of forum where users stay around for several years as they learn and contribute at different levels, with high literacy and education-to-spam levels. Could I have your recommendations please?
How can a now-defunct LiveJournal community archive its posts & comments? [more inside]
Where/how do I find online experienced community moderators? And a few related questions. [more inside]
I want to put a film club together. Looking for ideas and advice on things I should prepare for. [more inside]
Where in Brooklyn can I go with my crafts projects to hang out with other people who are working on their crafts projects, for free? I'm working on a number of portable crafts projects right now and I'd love to get out of the house and be with other people who are working on their own projects.
Where can I find some co-working spaces for tech startups in Australia? I'm building a web/mobile startup with my co-founder and would like to be working amongst fellow startup companies. [more inside]
What's the best platform for setting up an email mailing list or discussion for my local neighborhood? How should it be organized and promoted? We have a mix of younger (more tech-savvy) and older residents.
You're a young person, in your 20s or so, and you've noticed that quite a few of your similarly-aged peers & friends are in desperate need of care due to major mental and emotional health challenges - which are taking a toll on everything else. However, support services for this group are lacking. What could you learn or train in to be able to be a better source of support and care for your peer community? [more inside]
Where can I find the community aspect of a church without any religion whatsoever? [more inside]
What can anyone tell me about "The WELL"? [more inside]
Can anyone help me find academic or empirical sources to reference/cite in a law paper about state laws that prohibit local communities from building their own broadband networks? [more inside]
Icecast or Shoutcast and which hosting service has most bang for the buck? [more inside]
How do I go about getting new members for my choir, or enticing the existing or previous ones to come back this year? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]