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Discourse, by profile

I’m going to be talking about Discourse a lot in a short while, and I’ll be referring to these profiles of Discourse instances, and how various concepts, settings, and practices apply to each.

A friendly Discourse is one focused on folks hanging out. It is like a club, just folks talking and collaborating, no real agenda aside from a place to be online. It is open registration, inclusive.

A worky Discourse is one focused on a work. It could be a passion, a job, or something in between. It is like a coworking space, where folks come to progress an agenda and communicate with others. It can be open or invite-only, generally exclusive to stakeholders.

A personal Discourse is single-user. It is for over-achievers that use complex web software to solve simple problems, but they really like the web interface and take a misanthropic view on email, so here are… It is as closed as can be, which isn’t really a Discourse feature.

A conference coterie Discourse is when folks are brought together for a conference and want a way to keep in touch because it is difficult to exchange contact information effectively using existing channels; quickly setup and used to keep in touch.


There are obviously other profiles out there:

  • Customer Support
  • Professional Networking
  • “Community” attached to “something”

Etc. But I’m gonna focus on my three because they are profiles I use, and also those others don’t really activate me. We’ll start with these, and branch out as needed. :slight_smile:

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@judytuna, since this hasn’t moved, I would appreciate a profile describing your endeavor, and then we can configure them in aggregate! :sunglasses:

What is your “something”? :slight_smile:

The AMP, or Allied Media Project, which has hosted AMC, or Allied Media Conference, for over 20 years now, ran their first all-virtual AMC. They created a Slack group for attendees to meet. We formed many channels and introduced ourselves. I think most of us thought the Slack group was going to stick around forever, but then partway through the conference we found out that AMP planned to shut it down immediately after the conference was over because they don’t have the resources to continue to moderate it. After we all freaked out about losing the community we were building, they said they’d leave it up until Aug 1, 2020, but it wouldn’t be moderated after the conference ended. AMP staff encouraged us to create our own communities to keep the conversation going. So we’ve launched into a sprawling, multi-threaded, very confusing to keep track of discussion of what tools to use. The most popular was a different Slack group started by another individual. I really love what I’ve seen of Discourse, thanks to @maiki really, so I’ve tried hard to advocate for it.

The something is “we were brought together for a conference and we want a way to keep in touch because it was hard to exchange contact info really fast.”

I love it! What is a smaller way to refer to it? “Spontaneous Coterie”? “Conference Gang”? :slight_smile:

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Conference Coterie!

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