Good communities

(I’m having a headache currently so, I hope you don’t mind some garbly sentences.)

As of writing, I’ve looked into the communities available on lemmy, most are pretty much dead but for a few reasons. I will not focus on that now, the objective I have for this is to explain how we could change that.


As much as you want to do community work, I advice against making yourself in a position where you have to be active all the time/regularly. It’s very, very easy to get burnt out this way. In a very much online community forcing yourself to do something is counter-productive. Plus you have better things to do.


You can do this once in a while, improving things bit by bit, and let people enjoy, they will come and go.

Every community has to have a wiki. An “About”, “FAQ”, “Examples of what to do in this community”/“What to write about” can help people give them a choice. Not to mention a “Rules” section would be great once the community is bustling with activities.

Optionally you can add something like a matrix server, so within your community people can bond together and become friends. (Especially important for video game communities, to enable them to play games together)

And then you can further upgrade the community with adding something specific to them. For an example if the community is about writing, perhaps you can setup an own plume/writefreely instance. If the community is a multiplayer mmo game like minetest or veloren, adding a game server would boost the activity up a notch.


Lastly, not all communities are created equal, some are based around a conversation, asking for advice or help; Nothing much can be done for those stuff. However, for everything else it has potential.

Before any social platform was popular it tried to attract as many users as possible in some way. I’m not an expert so I feel like we need to discuss about this more, since our lemmy is still pretty much an infant.

@marmulak
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I guess if you maintain a community, you can try posting to it once or twice a week. I’m guilty of not doing this. The site will get more active when there’s more users, which will definitely be the case in the future. Just be patient, young grasshopper.

Most of my communities have a Matrix chat or XMPP chat. There doesn’t seem to be a strong relationship between activity on one or the other. Like, it doesn’t seem like anyone in the chats came from Lemmy, and the active chats I have don’t have active Lemmy pages. :p

Ghvsty
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On lemmy I could not resist posting something since my brain thinks It’s thoughts are very important for others to hear.

@ericbuijs
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Interesting thoughts. My first reaction is that too many changes can easily lead to feature creep. I like Lemmy for what it is an ethical Reddit like alternative. Having said that, the idea of a better description of what a community is about is good but that can already be covered in the sidebar. Nevertheless it could help mods to structure the text in the side bar.

Some of the ideas seem more of a burden to the community mod e.g. setting up a matrix server (and modding that too). But then again you already wrote that that is optional.

Ghvsty
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I’ve seen comments about devs being busy implementing other stuff, so I was thinking if people can have a wiki hosted elsewhere maybe on github or just make lemmy posts and chain-link them together.

Some of the ideas seem more of a burden to the community mod e.g. setting up a matrix server (and modding that too). But then again you already wrote that that is optional.

Typo: I meant chatroom, that’s kinda unnecessary

@vis4valentine
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I am already doing that, and im planning to do it in other communities as well. New users gotta see new and active content on different communities, so they can engage on it. Some reasons why people leave new alt social networks, its because they see it empty, and get bored quickly. So, yeah, we can adopt a community and fill them with content.

majestix
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Definitely, I believe the wiki or FAQ page for every community is very important. And maybe creators of new communities could get an info sheet or a mail on how to create and maintain good lemmies (communities).

Ghvsty
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They could definitely have a cute little a LemmyBot DMing them that guide.

@TheConquestOfBed
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Honestly, I think Lemmy has too much of an “if we build it, they will come” attitude. Comms should represent the community and not the other way around. IMO, they could stand to cull off all the least active/orphaned comms (so many of them don’t have active mods anymore) and then remake them once there’s actually demand. This would help increase the density of discussion in existing comms and make it easier to figure out where you’re supposed to post.

Ghvsty
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Right on. I don’t know if people here have that kind of mindset of what lemmy is represented by, if that’s the case it isn’t great then. However I don’t think that attitude is necessarily bad either, building a good foundation for a community is great for the long run. With any kind of attitude what the community is about is still undeniably defined by the users there.

@the_tech_beast
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I am not really good writer. So I tend not really put that much things in the community sidebar. I will see what I can do.

Ghvsty
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That’s great to hear chief. Let’s all do what we can.

@vis4valentine
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Thanks for tagging me

@DrivingForce
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Tbh just hiding inactive communities would be good.

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