Hi @remah thanks for the feedback. I agree with most of what you say.
When we began this community, our business goal was to use it as a way of getting clients.
In practice, it wasn’t a great tool for that and we have more clients than we need these days anyhow. So it doesn’t make sense just yet to invest heavily with that purpose. It is however a fantastic way of learning more about our audience, what they need, and collecting feedback on the book/other major content projects.
i’ve asked a couple of times here what direction people might like to take it in, i’m keen to carve out a more unique and cutting identity, but the general response was to keep it much the same as it is now. People seemed to like an open, less busy, place to discuss all things community.
So it’s a collection of a few things. Not replacing @HAWK when she left, plenty of other great places to talk about community, and an unclear community concept. I did suggest closing it down once to let people focus on other places, but people didn’t seem happy with that easier.
What I’ll probably do between now and the new year is make a decision on what direction to take this in. i don’t think we need another generalist community out there. So it will probably be more exclusive, have a clear focus on a subsection of the topic, and better resourced. it will most likely direct to one of our immediate business goals better than it does today. So give me a few weeks to work on that.
For now however, I’m ok with people dropping in and visiting whenever and however best suits them. I like having a quieter places to chat with people i like.