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I'm looking for examples of where this is done well in online communities other than Reddit and here on GrowthHackers. :)

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    Visakan Veerasamy

    over 4 years ago #

    Fun answer: Exploit Cunningham's law, which states that the best way to get the right answer to your query isn't to post the question, but to post the wrong answer. Somebody will come along to correct you. :-P

    More seriously, discussions beget discussions. It has to start with at least 1-2 people having good conversations, and inviting others to join in. High-status individuals tend to be wary of playing this game unless they're guaranteed a return on their time-investment.

    One of the best reads on this subject: blog.bumblebeelabs.com/social-software-sundays-2-the-evaporative-cooling-effect/

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    Sean Ellis

    over 4 years ago #

    News.ycombinator.com

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      Nicole Chalmers

      over 4 years ago #

      Wow, very similar to Reddit. What is it about HackerNews that makes it more appealing to the community?

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        Sean Ellis

        over 4 years ago #

        I think it starts with the community itself. Hacker News has its foundation in YCombinator, which has passionate fans among the community of developer oriented founders. Once you have a strong seed, it attracts more like minded people. Like minded people will discuss topics of common interest.

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          Visakan Veerasamy

          over 4 years ago #

          Bingo. All communities begin with very strong individual personalities. Reddit, Quora, Flickr, StackOverflow– all of those solved the chicken-egg problem by having the founders and early team members kickstart their own discussions. Anybody who posted anything there would enjoy the benefit of having a very attentive, responsive audience, and that would make them want to come back + tell their friends.

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    Claire Coley

    over 4 years ago #

    Inbound.org has some great content.

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      Nicole Chalmers

      over 4 years ago #

      Nice, thanks Claire. Out of interest what is it about Inbound.org that you like? Do you add posts yourself or just consume content? What triggers you to come back to the site regularly e.g. out of habit, emails, responses to your comments? Thanks :)

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