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Open thread: How to improve our community discussion list?

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Let's talk about our community discussion list.

It's a public mailing list we created some time ago to facilitate conversation about We envisioned it as a channel for communication regarding both the website and the community that sustains it—not the content we feature here. And we think we can do a better job of using this list to encourage participation in, to increase the level of transparency surrounding issues its management, and to foster collaboration between its community members.

When we launched the community discussion list, we billed it as a

list [...] for the community, which includes the people who write, edit, moderate, maintain, publish, design, think about, make plans, sets policy and governance, and otherwise do the work that makes this a community practicing the open source way.

In that spirit, we think we can begin using the list to:

  • Share group/channel moderators' requests for articles on particular topics
  • Remind frequent contributors of opportunities to write
  • Encourage community members to report from open source conferences and events they attend
  • Connect writers with artists in our community who might produce Creative Commons-licensed images for articles
  • Announce the site's presence at various events (and organize community meetups there)
  • Initiate discussion of editorial decisions
  • Report periodically on key site growth metrics and discuss our collective goals for

So we'd like to hear from you. Do these proposed uses resonate with you? How else can we use our community discussion list to run the open source way?

About the author

Bryan Behrenshausen
Bryan Behrenshausen - Bryan has been a writer and editor at team since 2011. In 2015, he earned his PhD in Communication from UNC, Chapel Hill. When he's not thinking or writing about all things open source, he's playing vintage Nintendo, reading classic science fiction, or rehabilitating an old ThinkPad. Around the Net, he goes by the nickname "semioticrobotic."