SBN wrote:For decree, I've been thinking about what could make the OTT so friendly, compare to other on-line communities I've experienced. Don't have much of an answer though. Arguably, we have less in common than others I've participated in (Parenting, and Big Black Wolpies).
Exactly. The OTT is very special. But how did it become like this? And can we reproduce the miracle when setting up a new online community?
SBN wrote:One interesting thing about the wolpy online community is that many of the participants know each other in real life, which you'd think would make the online group less inclined toward flame wars, but that hasn't been my experience. It's also the case that though it should be a forum for getting practical advice, fear of flaming often prevents anyone from giving dissenting opinions.
I think one way to find out what kind of magic is sustainabilizing the OTT is is to get some
examples of what is going wrong in other communities.
SBN wrote:One bright point, the group has turned a flame war into a real life fundraising event, where t-shirts were made commemorating the flames, and sold with a significant percentage going to wolpy charities.
Maybe this is sort of what happens in the OTT, too, but much earlier, before
the flames emerge?
SBN wrote:<more, very interesting thoughts>
No idea how I would make these musings sciencey.
I have some ideas (just a quick shot):
- Don't try too much at once. First, just collect examples. Stare at them. Look for a pattern. Even if you don't find one, your analysis is still interesting science because others can pick up your results and proceed from there.
Try to identify parameters and to assign numeric values to them, e.g. diversity in age, gender, location, cultural background, […] No, statistics won't work. The sample is too riverish.
- Forum mustard! Now I cannot submit this!
- (To be continued.)
- (Waiting for it.)
Then imagine how the OTT would deal with the same situation – or else why this situation would not arise.
Sustainabilizer wrote:I think one way to find out what kind of magic is sustainabilizing the OTT is is to get some
bags examples of what is going wrong in other communities.
- In any case it makes sense to collect examples for more or less sustainable online communities. That's what the first part of understanding the OTT looks like.
- As a starting point: For a while, some years ago, I contributed to some German Usenet⁵ Groups. One of the main differences to the OTT was the use of “Read the FAQ before you post!” instead of “Welcome, Revealer the Recent!”.
More to follow.
(Hopefully my future self will reply soon. I really miss his advice.)
In any case: Thanks, SBN, for sharing your thoughts!
taixzo wrote:So is the conference only a single day? Or is the meetup just on one day of it?
I'm currently planning the conference for just a single day, but if there are too many speeches for one day, we can extend it.
In any case, let's plan … ninja'd by ED (see below).
Eternal Density wrote:Do you plan to make an invitation flyer with the official date on it?
Yes, that makes sense. Good idea.
It would make even more sense if I can place some speakers and titles of speeches which are already planned on that flyer. Anyone?
Eternal Density wrote:I guess now the ottendees need to consider whether they'll be meeting up on the adjacent dips also, for instance for riding railcastles that molpy up and down. (I mean rollercoasters.)
Let's plan that together with the conference.
Preview ETA2: Welcome back, everymolpy!