The Community Club

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Ben Halpern

Founder and Co-CEO of Forem, building community everywhere.

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I helped found DEV and have been doing developer community for a long time :)

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Co-CEO at Forem

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Hey hey!

#ClubChat: Tell us about a connection you've facilitated between two people that ended up being incredibly fruitful?

I've ran into a few highly technical, creative folks doing in...

#ClubChat: Give us your top moderation tip

Shoot understandable, repeatable principles for dealing with ...

Welcome Thread - v8

Great to have you

Engaging with your community champions...

Similar to yours, we have a Friday "What was your win this we...

Welcome Thread - v8

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#ClubChat: What's the best thing that's happened in your community recently?

There's a funny little trend of folks looking to build a "sta...

Where do you engage community members when building social features in-platform, but features are not yet live ?

By the way, The Landing looks gorgeous.

Where do you engage community members when building social features in-platform, but features are not yet live ?

This website is a Forem which is an option you may want to co...

Welcome Thread - v8

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Welcome Thread - v8

Welcome!

What happens when you build something your community created?

I think it comes down to a public setting of expectations, an...

What is a happy and engaged community?

One signal is a sense of ownership. When people say "us" even...

Iโ€™m launching a 1000+ Communities Database to Promote your Product/Service across

Neat! Make sure not to be spammy folks. ๐Ÿ˜…

GenZ community-based companies that have raised?

I donโ€™t really know what to add, but I will say that young pe...

#ClubChat: What's your community super power?

People tend to call on me for โ€œbig pictureโ€ things. Whatever ...

Share Your Stories

I was hired to do some wordpress development for a client and...

#ClubChat: What does your dream community management team look like?

For me the foundation is that it involves practitioners of th...

#ClubChat: What events do you run in your community? What are your favorites?

We run a conference called CodeLand, which was remote last ye...

Transitioning away from Facebook and Ning

Yeah, no worries. Good luck!

Transitioning away from Facebook and Ning

Disclosure, I'm about to pitch my company's service: Poke ar...

Which industries hire community managers?

I'll start with developer relations: Whether community manage...

Community-Led Podcast Ep. 1 with Alexis Ohanian

We've been doing an AMA in conjunction with each episode in t...

Community-Led Podcast Ep. 1 with Alexis Ohanian

I have fond memories of Alexis as the host of the "Upvoted" p...

When to turn an audience to a community?

@thepracticaldev turned into DEV slowly and steadily.... Orig...

Mindset of the community leader

I have a term I use and think about called "chaotic empathy" ...

#ClubChat: How do you handle conversation fatigue in your community?

I think mods and leaders who are actively trying to "keep thi...

Strike my first pose with the {hello world!}

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The Four Fs of Community-Led Product Development

Follow through It's a big one and easier said than done.

Are Facebook Groups outdated?

I'm obviously biased because I'm part of Forem which powers t...

Community Content V. Marketing Content

Here are some thoughts: If an organization is small, the dif...

Community Content V. Marketing Content

Oliver...

#ClubChat: Were you a moderator before becoming a community manager?

I do not have the patience and attention to be a dedicated mo...

Framework

What do you anticipate brands are looking for in "community-b...

Best way to create a community

Who are the folks you want to attract to your community? Are ...

Founders Groups

The average person is not given a lot of genuinely interestin...

Community-led companies are the future

A few things I love about Community Club, personally: Helps...

Gamification

I'd say avoid implementing anything that feels like grinding....

#ClubChat: What metrics do you focus on for your Slack community?

Do you have a protocol for action if you see something moving...

Long live the lurker

I think negative feedback requires a degree of nuance. Not th...

Monetizing communities meaningfully?

We have sponsored contests on DEV which tend to be loved by c...

Whatโ€™s your single most important KPI?

Interesting. This made me want to expand on this convo... ...

How to manage conflict between pressure to grow with community health?

You have to be confident in your longterm vision. Growing DEV...

AMA with Gene Chorba

What is the relationship between community and knowledgebase....

Rookie CM says hello!

Welcome and good luck!

Hi Everyone! Just joined the fantastic Community Club...

Welcome!

How do you measure community success and health?

member happiness Size and growth matters less than building...

Insiders Program- YAY or NAY?

I think special opportunities to connect with other folks in ...

Ben's ten tips for building a community from the ground up

Yup, also goes hand in hand with my point #2... It's a war of...

Top ten tips for building a community from ground zero

Boom Ben's ten tips f...

#ClubChat: How did you originally get into community?

I think team sports played a big part for me. I played footba...

How to give hope to your online community during these difficult times ๐ŸŽ„

I think it starts with a lot of listening. If you feel like y...

Is there a "right brain and left brain" in community building?

Are there any specific qualities of systems thinking that are...

The Principles Behind the Forem Mobile App

Thanks Mac, it's been really exciting to see the quality of w...

The Principles Behind the Forem Mobile App

Yes, you are correct. For point 2. I don't anticipate we'll ...

Thoughts on Zendesk Gather?

I'd be happy to compare and contrast anything you might want ...

Fostering engagement with a busy audience

This is a difficult balance to strike... Both in terms of jus...

Stop Explaining Community Management

Great post

If you build a community, people will come? ๐Ÿ˜–

Here's a post I made with some specifics for DEV's success......

Whatโ€™s your single most important KPI?

Oh lord I feel like the answer to this unlocks a lot of myste...

Fashion Brand Communities

I think thereโ€™s a lot of opportunity for fashion brands to fo...

AMA with Tessa Kriesel

How has Twitter's approach to developer community over time (...

Building a community for developers at the butt of the joke

Do folks who get into this space typically stay there and mak...

Building a community for developers at the butt of the joke

banking engineers What's the pathway into this career in g...

AMA with Cindy Au

What are the important differences between formal and informa...

We are the Forem Team, Ask Us Anything!

Our focus with dev.to is really to leverage the technical/pro...

Welcome to The Community Club! Introduce yourself to the community ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Yup. They painted the door teal, and we got a ton of theSkimm...

We are the Forem Team, Ask Us Anything!

Thank you! From a community perspective, we have several awes...

We are the Forem Team, Ask Us Anything!

We are adding more and more customization all the timeโ€” but w...

We are the Forem Team, Ask Us Anything!

To point to one Forem feature: If anyone wants to follow alon...

We are the Forem Team, Ask Us Anything!

If there is a single thing that drives Forem to get this kind...

Forem Feedback open thread (bugs, questions, requests)

Yeah, this is definitely expected behavior, and will be somet...

Curating content from other communities to build a... community

When we were looking to get DEV off the ground, we tried hard...

Community Job Survey Results

Really great read. I'd love more content like this!

Forem Feedback open thread (bugs, questions, requests)

We've been building and using this software for DEV for years...

Welcome to The Community Club! Introduce yourself to the community ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Great to be here!

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