Can anyone tell me whether a non-profit decentralized manufacturing network is feasible? Interested in opinions both legal and financial in nature. [more inside]
Good online or print resources for community design? [more inside]
I'm in the process of developing an online community (for a fairly specific industry/group of people) and was hoping to hear from others about their experiences during the early months/first year of getting an online community to grow. [more inside]
Is there a simple, inexpensive, electronic way for a community association to receive dues and other payments?
Is there a simple, inexpensive, electronic way for a community association to receive dues and other payments? [more inside]
[commitment/marriage/community support filter]: looking for a reading about community support in the success of a relationship. [more inside]
Creative ways to give away coffee? [more inside]
There's a gardener coming to speak at the library I work on next month and I thought I would also organise a veggie swap afterwards. So the publicity has gone out, my neighbours are coming and there has been interest from the local council and environment groups who are interested in starting their own if it goes well. My problem is I'm not sure how to practically run it. Should I issue tickets roughly based on market value when people drop off their produce or should I let it go for a free for all working on a trust basis. Anyone run one of these before? Any advise in general?
How do bloggers or community websites deal with comments from new users which are on-topic for the site but off-topic for the current conversation? It happens regularly on my blog. Deletion seems harsh: if the person is interested in the subject it seems like a missed opportunity to get a new member and teach them how to use the internet appropriately. What are some alternatives? [more inside]
Where do the über-smart people collaborate and hold dialogue online? [more inside]
Where online would French-language bloggers hang out? [more inside]
Say you run a website that has a relatively self-maintaining and friendly (if tough and playful) community of commenters. How do you best manage a new commenter who shows up and clearly enjoys stinking up the room? [more inside]
Does anyone know of web-based community forum software that is FREE and allows FILE attachments to community posts (PDF, Word, and PPT docs)? I've tried Freeforums.com, which is great, but it does not allow PDF attachments. THANK YOUs!!!!
ForumFilter: What advice do you have for seeding a soon-to-launch professional forum with general topics? What should we bake-in to help build community, serve as social release valves, encourage participation, etc? [more inside]
I'm looking for a standardized list of user ranks in online forums/communities. I'm wondering what has become the standard out there, and please don't suggest the Star Wars ranks.
I've been asked to investigate Joomla Community Builder for use by a community circus I'm a part of to manage their membership. Based on their needs and abilities, is it worth using, or are we better off with other less complicated solutions? [more inside]
I'm wondering where I can find some community noticeboards in Liverpool, England? [more inside]
Looking for a Drupal replacement for a small community with specific requirements. [more inside]
How do you deal with trolls on your forum? I have a fairly low volume site, with one recurring irritant. [more inside]
Assuming I have no other choices - and have serious ethical concerns about issues like fair pay and equitable treatment of workers (primary), environmentalism (secondary) and commitment to localism (tertiary) - should I shop at Wal-Mart or Target? [more inside]
What are some community-based online radio stations? [more inside]
Looking for an open source solution to keep a small community, up-to-date and connected online. [more inside]
Planners, Social Media Experts, and Community Activists: Have you encountered any really great uses of the internet for keeping a community informed and engaged in a public planning process? [more inside]
Ever heard of the Cargo Collective? How many portfolios are registered with them? Anyone?
Are there communities of people similar to religious communities but without the baggage? [more inside]
Seeking ideas for discouraging piracy of a DVD which has a small potential audience of only a few thousand, well-connected people. [more inside]
What in your opinion is the most difficult, impressive, or character-demonstrating community volunteer work? [more inside]
Please (re?)name my texting/facebook/email-based, safer sex outreach program aimed at men who love men! [more inside]
I have a vexing issue with Java/Processing.org threads and am looking for a Java community to turn to for help. When I was a Perl devotee Perlmonks was invaluable. What's the java (and, importantly, processing.org tolerant) equivalent?
What were some novel uses of technology in the 2008 U.S. presidential election? [more inside]
What online communities or networks have embraced or enforced both anonymity and impermanence (i.e. no permanent archives)? Usenet (before Deja), IRC, imageboards (2ch/4chan), Craigslist Missed Connections, Omegle, ChatRoulette... What else? [more inside]
What's the best method to be ok around an ex? [more inside]
I run a user group...help me make it legit. [more inside]
Web-Design-Filter: I am looking for a free (or very cheap) and easy to use Content Management System that I can use to set up a private, dynamic blog, content and community space for multiple users. I would be willing to look at Wordpress type software bases, but would like to integrate something of the functionality of lifestream systems like Facebook and Sweetcron/Tumblr. [more inside]
My friends and I are starting an artist collective in Phoenix, Arizona and we desperately need help thinking of a name. Can you help? [more inside]
I loved the plot of Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Any recommendations for similar books, shows, or movies? [more inside]
What's the best platform for a local community news and events site? [more inside]
Years ago (2002? 2003?), long before Etsy, there was an online community for DIY/crafty blogger types to trade materials and maybe handmade goods as well. What was it called, and what happened to it? [more inside]
A new version of MP3.com? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions or examples of websites dedicated to folks who live in Condos or HOAs (i.e. a website for a specific building or development), and what makes them work (or not). [more inside]
What are the five metrics you would use to measure the health* of an online community? [more inside]
I feel like a career change. I need help brainstorming the possibilities. Which careers do you think may meet my skills and requirements? [more inside]
Suggest a model for a money-making, or at least self-sufficient, website dedicated to a region or small city something like "Mayberry Online." Probably advertising driven, dedicated to news, events, listings, but with active forums for 'consumer gripes,' local politics, advice columns, restaurant reviews, arts, sports, health, pets & wildlife. Think 'city paper' or alternative press but online, with an active Craigslist component. Any thing like that out there? Suggestions on website design/creation/start-up consultants would be an added bonus. Links please to worthy existing sites that fit the bill. And, TIA
How hard are math placement tests for community colleges? [more inside]
Community college: am I asking all the right questions for my soon-to-be-senior daughter? [more inside]
I have an opportunity to produce a kickass community Web site for my town. What cities already have wonderfully interactive, community Web sites I can look at for inspiration, or what do you think a killer town Web site should have or be like? [more inside]
Best topic-specific networking/community/cloud sites? [more inside]
Looking for examples of websites that engage/inform/empower the communities and readers they serve. Examples include barackobama.com, greenforall.org and (in terms of content, not presentation/interface) this site for the UK Improvement and Development Agency. [more inside]
I'm a little short on skills but large on motivation. Should I start working on growing my community's web presence, or leave it to the pros? [more inside]
Looking for a website where users can get together, share/critique new ideas, and volunteer to collaborate on new projects.
Are there any sites out there for organizing people to work on collaborative projects or new ideas? [more inside]
I need to come up with a community engagement plan for a community based event, and I need to do it by Monday. My problem? I have never designed a community engagement plan before, and I don't even know how to begin designing one. I'm really quite desperate for help here so could you please help me? [more inside]