Thinking about Purpose & Beyond...

shellspeare

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Thinking about Purpose & Beyond...

Thinking about Purpose & Beyond...

Defining the Purpose of Your Community

Purpose helps you form your community which helps attract and draw members in. It sustains interaction and interest. Without purpose you have nothing.

What do you want to accomplish with your forum? Is it fresh or important enough so that people will wish to join, participate and return to again and again? How will participating in the community benefit them?

These are some of the questions to ask before you create your online community. By having a clear purpose that makes sense to you, the owner, and the members, you can give yourself a head start in designing & managing a thriving online community.

Why Purpose?

The purpose of your community helps you decide both its structure and what resources you will need to support and manage it. It helps put things into perspective.
Most communities have at a general purpose to support a product, discuss certain themes, some are merely discussion based (general forums). Some have a specific focus. These different purposes require different tools, facilitation and design.
Due to the increase in popularity of forums many resources are avaliable to the 'new admin' to help him/her build, manage and maintain their community.

Resource:
http://theadminzone.com
For free help, advice, contests and resources.

Online communities are set up to meet purposes such as:
  • Gathering places where people chat, meet, get to know each other and form friendships. (range from small spaces for families to large spaces for a wider public)
  • Discussing topics such as books, current events, news, sports, webmastering, graphic design etc
  • Planning and organizing (community groups, scout groups, sports clubs)
  • Work spaces for group meetings, interactions etc.
  • Learning spaces via tutorials or sharing knowledge (eg:students forum)
  • Information sharing- a place to share files and ideas.
  • Game playing - just having fun!

Got you thinking now huh?

Purpose Checklist

Here is a list of questions to help you define your community purpose. It won't apply in every situation but it's a start.

Purpose/aim
  • What is the desired outcome for the group? What is your intentions?
    Does it have a mission...

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Kathy

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Excellent article Shell. Thanks for submitting it. Good stuff!
 

shellspeare

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Thanks Kathy, i tried to write one for an area that didn't have much coverage :)
 
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