Unlike almost all communities who bring people together around a specific niche, the community I run (the Puttytribe) is unified by members who want to build a life around all of their interests. We have passions, skills, and creative outlets that cover just about everything you’ve ever heard of and many that you’ve never heard of before.
At the same time, we have large member segments who want to go deeper together on specific things like graphic design, nutrition, psychology, or yoga. I want to provide a space to connect about these individual topics within the Puttytribe – effectively giving people an environment to pick and choose sub-communities – and I believe the native Discourse Groups functionality would work for us.
However, Discourse doesn’t have documentation (that I know of) about how their Groups feature works and I don’t have any case studies of a community successfully using the Groups feature to break members into sub-groups/sub-communities. I need to be intentional about my design for establishing sub-communities because we did it so poorly on our old platform (Ning) and there are potentially limitless groups that could be created in a community of multipotentialites.
So, my big question is: Do you use the Discourse Groups feature in your community?
If yes, what resources did you lean on to plan how your groups would work? What has worked the way you hoped or continues to frustrate you about the available Discourse Groups features?
Even if you don’t use Discourse Groups, I’d also be grateful for any case studies or resources you can point me to about how to meaningfully and sustainably divide a community into sub-communities. We’re a member-led community and I want to decentralize the creation, administration, and activity in each group if possible.
Thanks in advance for the help!