Some news about the FeverBee community.
FeverBee Experts began seven years ago as CommunityGeek - a Drupal-based community for academics and community practitioners to share learnings with one another.
The academic site never quite clicked, but the practitioner side did.
After a rebrand, a move to Discourse, and the recruitment of a fab community manager, the community grew steadily until mid-2017.
However, after our awesome community manager moved on, the community became neglected and participation has declined steadily over the years.
So I’d like to get your thoughts on some changes we have in mind.
There’s plenty of great places to talk community and we don’t want to copy them or add to the noise.
Our goal is to build a community where people can share their work, get feedback from others, and have the kinds of conversations you can’t have in public.
I’d like this to be a smaller, tighter, group where we expect everyone to be willing to speak openly and honestly, give feedback, and help one another achieve our community goals.
This would mean a few things:
This community will become a private community where people can only join by invitation only.
A rebrand from Experts to ALLIES - which better reflects our efforts. To be honest, Experts always felt a little snooty.
Discourse will archive the old site and we’ll start afresh. You can still access all the current discussions in the same place, but we’ll have a new site and develop a unique experience.
Participation is expected. There are some fab sites for people to lurk and learn. This won’t be one of them. If you’re a member, we’re going to ask you to participate or make way for someone who will.
Let me know your thoughts
We’re not planning on making changes for another couple of weeks, so please do give feedback in the meantime. We would love to hear from you and anything you have to add!