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Discussion on: Creating subgroups for a large community

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Nityesh Agarwal

Hey Sarah! 👋🏽

I recently started doing a similar thing for the Dataquest community that I'm building. We have 25k+ students in our Discourse forum.

Right now, I'm experimenting by putting them in small subgroups based on their participation. I've created one such subgroup of Community Council - a group of highly active members. I'm also planning to create another one comprising of writers who have published an article in our online magazine.

My biggest learning so far has been to use a chat-based platform, like Slack or Discord, for these smaller groups. I've found that a forum with few people can feel too empty and cause people to not interact with each other.

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Sarah Greisdorf Author

Hey Nityesh! That's a really incredible insight about chat-based platforms. Thank you so much! Are you having folks opt-into these groups? Also, are you finding leaders for these groups or are you running them yourself?

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Nityesh Agarwal

Are you having folks opt-into these groups?

No. Right now, I'm just sending personal invitation to folks based on their participation.

Also, are you finding leaders for these groups or are you running them yourself?

Since we only have a couple of subgroups, I'm running them myself right now. I would say that I'm still in the experimenting phase for this. So, being hands-on will give me critical insights like what's the purpose of these subgroups, should we have them and the best practices for successfully running them.

My plan is to then compile those insights into some sort of a playbook, select a leader in the group and give them the playbook. The leader will also be responsible for inviting new members into the group.