Issue 23

In this issue of conduit:

1) Featured Question and Answer: "Best Community Launch Approach?"
2) Your Community Answer:  Is it better to "soft launch" a community and build slowly or launch to the masses from the beginning?
3) Community Wire:  Community Out Lasts Sell By Date
4) Community Voice:  Site Tweak and New Trainings Offered

This Issue's Quote: "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb  

Featured Question and Answer:

"Best Community Launch Approach?"

We were recently asked the following questions regarding the launch of community: 

"What is the best approach to launching a community website? Is it good to start with a closed user group so as to build up a small but dedicated group or is better to go national?"

Please feel free to read the question and response;"Best Community Launch Approach?".

Seeking an answer to a burning community development question? Check out our searchable archive  of past question and answers to help find what you are looking for.

Your Community Answer

Is it better to "soft launch" a community and build slowly or launch to the masses from the beginning?

What do you think? Share your opinion!  

Community Wire

Community Out Lasts Sell By Date

Picture this..your favourite TV program is ending and so is the TV program's website. What is a fan to do? Continue to chat and keep the chat room on the site, of course.

That is what fans of the TV program Big Brother did. The chat on the Yahoo! Big Brother site has been so popular that a new site has been created for fans to continue to use.

It just goes to show the power of community!


Big Brother Site:

Community Voice

Site Tweak and New Trainings Offered

CommunityAnswers has undergone some growth over the past year and a half and so to accommodate it we have changed the structure of our site just a bit. We have added two new areas to the site.

First, a resource area which now houses the "Recommended Reading" list that was originally on the front page. As this area continues to expand, we will be adding other resources to assist our visitors in their community building endeavors. Please do keep an eye on the new additions and should you have any recommendations of resources that might be of help to you or others, don't hesitate to let us know.

Second, we have also added a training section ( to house our two new training courses mentioned in the last issue of the conduit: "Community Manager Essentials" and "Growing Community without the Weeds".

With the launch of this new area, we are now taking registrants for the courses. We are accepting registration on a "first come first serve basis, and with the class size being rather limited, if you are interested in signing up, please do contact us.

A description of each course, course syllabus and details can be found at: Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, as we will be happy to assist.

Until next issue, be well!

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