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Your Community Site is Not a Government
It’s time for these guys to stop playing pretend politics and admit that they’re not presidents, their sites are not countries, and we are not their citizens. They are caretakers of com…
twitter  facebook  society  equality  community  hatespeech 
august 2018 by garrettc
10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English)
As millions head abroad, our correspondents pick out the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in
language  words  community  culture 
august 2018 by garrettc
Welcome Back to the Village
"While the value that Strava the social network provides me is undeniable, Strava creates another construct. The humans who choose to be there are bound together by a shared purpose that I see each time I ride my bike. I often stop at the side of the road and get off my bike for a quick drink or bite. As other bikers pass, it is normal for total strangers to stop their ride and ask, “Hey are you ok?”

See, Strava built a village."
community  internet  strava  worldwideweb  society  village 
may 2018 by garrettc
Participation Inequality: The 90-9-1 Rule for Social Features
In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.
society  community  socialsoftware  socialspace  socialnetworking 
may 2018 by garrettc
Playbook is one place for the design community to share knowledge. Ask and answer questions on career development, design tips, and design process. Build your playbook.
advice  community  design  freelance 
february 2018 by garrettc
Tips for Instructing Code First: Girls courses
"I have been instructing the Code First: Girls beginners’ course at Sheffield Uni since Spring 2016. In that time, I’ve worked with several different instructors to make the course bigger and better each time we run it. We have seen several students start working in tech, and many more continue with their tech learning and involvement in the community - one even quit her course last semester, to take up computer science! Additionally, two of our instructors have won Instructor of the Month, and I have won it twice, so I guess we’re doing something right! Everyone has different ideas and things to bring to the mix, so it’s important to encourage instructors to share ideas, and get involved with the running of the course.

I’ve seen or heard new instructors asking for tips quite a lot recently, so I thought I’d share some things that have worked for us in Sheffield."
codefirstgirls  mentoring  education  community 
february 2018 by garrettc
Loyal to the network [redux]
Outside of the technical achievements, the greatest thing GDS did was build the network of people around it.
gds  govuk  network  society  community 
december 2016 by garrettc
Communities of Practice: The Missing Piece of Your Agile Organisation
"Communities of practice bring together people who share areas of interest or concerns. They have specific applications in agile organisations: scaling agile development and allowing individuals to connect with others who share similar concerns. Communities of practice bring people together to regain the benefits of regular contact while keeping the value of multidisciplinary agile teams."
community  agile  delivery  business  technology  webdevelopment  appdevelopment  society 
september 2016 by garrettc
Free garden tracking app - track, organise and share your plantings from seedling to harvest. Includes garden and planting journals, seed swap, garden tracking, planting journal and gardening organizer. Enter your garden, show your plants.
community  society  socialnetworking  tracking  gardening 
may 2016 by garrettc
Conference Diversity 101
Diversity at your event matters. Learn how to do better.
community  conference  guide  howto  diversity  society  equality 
april 2016 by garrettc
Welcome to the home of the Fujiholics! the place where you can keep upto date with all our latest Offers, Events, Workshops & More...
photography  fuji  community 
september 2015 by garrettc
Community development handbook - Publications - GOV.UK
"Delivering a platform is just 1 part of helping a community thrive. Communities can exist without dedicated software solutions. They will often work around bad or overly interfering ones."

Advice for community managers and people involved in communities of practice in the public sector.
govuk  gds  community  technology  webdevelopment  appdevelopment  society  government 
october 2014 by garrettc
Poplus Components are independent pieces of software developed to solve a range of common problems encountered when building civic and democratic websites.
api  democracy  tools  web  society  government  community  campaigning  council  research  journalism  history 
october 2014 by garrettc
An open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. It works as: a mailing list, a discussion forum, and a long-form chat room.
opensource  community  communication  discussion  mail  chat  redis  rubyonrails  ruby  postgresql  emberjs  javascript 
august 2014 by garrettc
How to Redesign Your App Without Pissing Everybody Off
Anil Dash's considered thoughts on changing a UI without starting a riot.
change  community  design  software  business  bestpractice 
january 2013 by garrettc
Refresh Boston
A community of designers and developers in the Boston area.
community  design  development  boston  massachusetts 
march 2012 by garrettc
Mozilla releases Learning, Freedom & the Web (e)book
Details many of the activities and ideas generated at Mozilla’s 500 person meta-hackfest. The book features participant interviews, project highlights, photographs and blog posts from the festival, as well as related content from across the Web reflecting on ideas around learning, freedom and the Web.
creativecommons  creativity  opendata  web  community  society 
december 2011 by garrettc
If your website's full of assholes, it's your fault
"If you run a website, you need to follow these steps. if you don't, you're making the web, and the world, a worse place. And it's your fault. Put another way, take some goddamn responsibility for what you unleash on the world." - Anil Dash
commentary  community  socialspace  society  culture  comments 
july 2011 by garrettc
The Wisdom of Communities
Luke Wroblewski's notes on Derek Powazek's Wisdom of Communities talk at An Event Apart Seattle.
community  socialsoftware  group  social  society  psychology 
june 2011 by garrettc
My CodeConf Talk: Your Community Is Your Best Feature
Gina Trapani's talk on building community around open source software.
community  socialsoftware  github  git  opensource 
april 2011 by garrettc
Social Media Policy Best Practices: Trust Is Cheaper Than Control
"The tone and philosophy in a social media policy depends on the risk appetite of the organization"
socialspace  socialmedia  socialnetworking  nonprofit  community  policy 
april 2011 by garrettc
10 Social Skills for Community Designers
Leisa Reichelt on her and Mark Boulton's i experience with the redesign project.
community  drupal  webdesign  collaboration 
november 2010 by garrettc
Unifying the Conversations (Salmon Protocol)
"Salmon aims to define a standard protocol for comments and annotations to swim upstream to original update sources -- and spawn more commentary in a virtuous cycle." - It's a bit of a tortured metaphor, but sorely needed.
protocol  socialsoftware  community  comments  pubsubhubbub  rss  atom  standards  specification  webdevelopment 
march 2010 by garrettc
Welcome the National Archives UK to the Commons
The UK National Archives are now a member of Flickr Commons! Fantastic news.
flickr  community  society  history  flickrcommons 
march 2010 by garrettc
The Participatory Museum
A practical guide to working with community members and visitors to make cultural institutions more dynamic, relevant, essential places. Applicable for social media and online communities too.
museum  book  community  socialmedia  culture  society  participation  toread 
march 2010 by garrettc
Top-line Lessons on User Reputation Design
From the companion blog to O'Reilly's Building Web Reputation Systems
reputation  community  socialsoftware  communication  society 
march 2010 by garrettc
Irrational Skepticism? | MetaFilter
Interesting tale on #mefi about a community explosion on the Richard Dawkins forum. How not to herd cats:
metafilter  skepticism  community  ogn16  leedsgeekup09 
march 2010 by garrettc
Conversation with Metafilter Founder Matt Haughey
An interview with metafilter founder mathowie about how to start a good community site:
metafilter  community  designthinking 
february 2010 by garrettc
Metafilter's new user page
An example of good copy setting the expectations of new users.
community  metafilter  socialsoftware  leedsgeekup09  copywriting  ogn16 
november 2009 by garrettc
The Art of Community Now Available For Free Download
Jono Bacon's book on the craft of building online communities is now available for free under a CC license.
free  book  collaboration  community  creativecommons  ebook  socialsoftware  leedsgeekup09  ogn16 
november 2009 by garrettc
Designing for the wrong target audience
"And so we have this tension. Drupal as a ‘Consumer Product’ and Drupal as a ‘Developer Framework’. Currently, the official direction is that the project is going to attempt to be both. I think this is a serious problem."

The target audiences for each of these objectives are so far removed from each other in terms of their tasks & goals, their capabilities, their vocabulary, their priorities. An attempt to devise an interface to suit both will result in an outcome that I expect we’ll see in the release of Drupal 7 – that is a compromise to both parties.
drupal  community  strategy  webdevelopment  cms  cmf  framework  direction  process 
october 2009 by garrettc
Worldwide Lexicon
A Firefox plugin attempting to remove the language barrier on the Web using both human and machine translation.
translation  language  community  crowdsourcing  collaboration  plugin  firefox 
august 2009 by garrettc
If You Build It, They Will Scan
Crowdsourcing digitization at Oxford University
digitization  community  crowdsourcing  oxford 
august 2009 by garrettc
How Important are Avatars?
Joshua Porter examines the role avatars play in how we relate to people online.
identity  society  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  community  webdesign  communication  leedsgeekup09  ogn16 
june 2009 by garrettc
Community by the Numbers, Part III: Power Laws
"In order to better define who constitutes the tightly-knit "participant community" upon which the group thresholds act, we have to study power laws which let us measure the intensity of individuals' involvement in a group."
community  socialnetworking  socialsoftware  collaboration  group 
march 2009 by garrettc
Participation inequality
"It is inherent in the nature of the Internet that any unedited stream of user-contributed content will be dominated by uninteresting material."
content  socialsoftware  community 
march 2009 by garrettc
design is no place for democracy
"When designing with a community what you should be aiming for is participation not democracy." - Leisa Reichelt expands on a lesson learned from the redesign project.
usability  design  drupal  community  process  branding  transparency 
february 2009 by garrettc
Online community management 101
Great advice from Heather Champ and Derek Powazek's workshop at Webstock.
community  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  advice  management  leedsgeekup09  ogn16 
february 2009 by garrettc
How I Learned to Love Drupal
Interesting article about a seasoned programmers first impressions of Drupal and how they have changed.
drupal  community  development  torchbox 
december 2008 by garrettc
How to take your community to the next level
Ben Huh of failblog and icanhascheeseburger talks about how to build great communities.
video  community  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  webdevelopment  lolcat  leedsgeekup09  ogn16 
november 2008 by garrettc
Shepherding Passionate Communities
Heather Champ, Director of Community for Flickr, shares her experiences in shepherding passionate communities. Lessons learnt? Own it; Don't wait; Change is hard; Avoid creating super-villains; and Embrace chaos.
flickr  video  towatch  community  webdevelopment  change  chaos  leedsgeekup09  ogn16 
november 2008 by garrettc
Portable Social Networks, The Building Blocks Of A Social Web
"...the concept of a user profile can be untethered from proprietary data stores and become an interchangeable part of the Web as HTML itself. "
article  collaboration  community  digital  findability  network  microformats  social  xfn  openid  socialnetworking  socialsoftware 
july 2008 by garrettc
Better Than Free
Kevin Kelly's fantastic essay on what you'll need to know to survive in the new digital economy where everything is infinitely copyable.
article  branding  business  community  content  creativity  culture  future  ideas  inspiration  knowledge  law  publishing  society  economics 
february 2008 by garrettc
Lovelines : From Love to Hate, in Words and Pictures
"Through large scale blog analysis, Lovelines illuminates the topography of the emotional landscape between love and hate, as experienced by countless normal humans keeping personal online journals." Quite compelling in an ambient twitter way.
love  hate  aggregator  analysis  community  culture  design  emotion  information  interaction  life 
january 2008 by garrettc
The Elements in the Social Software Stack
Thomas Vander Wal's thinking about the importance and order of components in social software.
collaboration  community  design  identity  reputation  socialnetworking  socialsoftware  webdevelopment 
january 2008 by garrettc
Social Software Building Blocks
Seven blocks that go to defining your identity online and how various sites utilise them.
socialsoftware  social  community  design  software  webdevelopment 
october 2007 by garrettc
Classroom 2.0
A Ning based social networking site for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education.
collaboration  community  elearning  ideas  network  research  socialsoftware  webdevelopment 
october 2007 by garrettc
Community Building isn’t about Features
Heather Champ, Flickr's community manager, gives the 10 things that build a community. Not one thing on the list is a feature, it's all about relationships and people. via Bokardo
community  culture  socialnetworking  usability  social  flickr  webdevelopment 
september 2007 by garrettc
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