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The Observatory #2: What's in it forum me?

In this issue, we shout-out DevRel leaders on the move, hear from Orbit CTO about Orbit and Funnel on a podcast, and take a look at some perspectives on forums for community building + some bonus Slack emoji πŸ₯³


🏎️ On the move

In each issue, we'll highlight key moves in the DevRel and Community space. Have a tip for us? Drop a note to observatory@orbit.love.


🎧 Orbit on the airwaves

Tune in to this podcast for favorite Orbit Model hits, including:

  • software is not sold, it's adopted
  • funnel is a model for capturing value for the company; Orbit is a model for creating value for the community
  • the Orbit Model gives us a language for describing the complex experience of community

πŸ™Š What's in it forum me?

In our recent chats with leaders of dev communities, we've noticed more discussion around transitioning online conversation from realtime tools like Slack to persistent forums like Discourse.

Forums offer communities lots of benefits, like nuanced permissions and moderation, badges and progress tracking, and the added benefit of content that's both referencable and SEO-able.

We'd love to hear from you about your perspective on forums for building high gravity communities.

To start the conversation, here's a comprehensive overview to get everyone on the same page: Everything You Need To Know About Building Your Online Community Forum (warning: it's a little Vanilla Forums-heavy, but the principles are still instructive).

But does forum = community? Catch up on the discussion in the CMX Facebook group with this question: Can you share the difference between an online community and online forum?

Screenshot of the discussion

πŸ‘‡ Discuss below

  • What are some examples of effective developer community building through forums?
  • What are some common forum pitfalls?

Bonus round: Grab these πŸ”₯ custom Orbit icons for your Slack


πŸ—žοΈ Previous editions

Don't miss the next edition of The Observatory πŸ”­

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Simme • Edited on

we've noticed more discussion around transitioning online conversation from realtime tools like Slack to persistent forums like Discourse.

We're partly doing this as well. I think both hold their own merit, but for information that will be read by multiple persons over an extended period of time, nothing really beats the good old forum (or notion if it's 1:many rather than a discussion).

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Patrick Woods Author

I'm curious: what forum platform are you all using?

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Simme

We're using discourse, which is serving us great so far.
If you want to have a look, it's available at community.k6.io/ 😊