Leon, I’m really loving all this discussion with you! These are exactly the kind of conversations I want us to be having as a community - I think they’re core to how we complete our mission
Great points from Simon on this too
You’re so right. I think it’s just about stages of our “customer funnel”. People might be more likely to take part and contribute content once they see what the activity is like in here (which they can do without a Discourse account). Compare that to on the Sphere app, where we don’t yet have any content that can be viewed without you creating an account first.
I think, right now, we have more people chatting casually on Sphere One, but over time, I expect we’ll see the volume of interactions on here increase (particularly as we start publicising ourselves more).
I think and this is a cliche what makes Sphere different is you all and your overall mission statement, as well as the community you have at the moment.
This is the best thing I’ve heard all week Means a lot to me to hear you say that
I love this community it’s my second home as Curve uses the same forum software as does a fintech bank. (Winks at Simon ) I don’t want a brand new community that has the power and will to change what the world, and users think about community, being spread too thin and losing it’s focus.
I do have faith in you all but I hope I’ve given you food for thought and if you feel you can manage both then I’m with you…
So flattered that we’re your second home! It’s a valid concern and I agree that we need to have specific places where we come together for various things (eg this forum, the app or Zoom calls). To some degree, we’re experimenting a little now (and likely always will be, as we evolve), and may well consolidate later on (eg kill some of the less active topics in Sphere One and move them to here, where as @simon says, they can be a home for more evergreen content).
You’ve defo given us stuff to think about! I’d actually love to pick your brains more about this and other community-related stuff (including values), so will DM you to maybe set up a call!
Also, I want this community to be a place where we can all challenge each other’s thinking, so we ultimately get to better collective understanding of whatever we are discussing. So thanks for raising all this and keep doing it as stuff comes up for you!