I came here a lot when starting my largest community - not to ask practical questions (which I could do with CMX as their Slack and Facebook channels were easy for this) but to think … it wasn’t to answer a question I had, but to learn about important questions I had not asked yet.
can’t comment, for obvious reasons
I do admit (being honest) that it has been noticeable that a dedicated and available CM is not around to keep conversations going, to build rapport and so on. I understand the reasons, but it just shows that communities need managers of some sort (in the same way that gardens will keep growing, but get unkempt if they only get the occasional weeding).
It is not just the content focus, but the ongoing personal touches that will build the value of this place
As for your possibilities:
Interesting, but quite technical and risks not being relevant to a broad enough audience quickly enough to build / keep community rather than being a reference site. How many members will really have the expertise AND time to get involved? It might get a bit niche
Maybe good but sounds more like a blog - listening to experts talk to each other is not a ‘community’ - or a private group. However, if you wanted to offer that service to that specific audience I would understand the value, but it would have excluded me and many others here so we would not be around to see it.
Not sure. I have worked on a number of communities and internal support was never the issue for me (I mainly skip this content). It was about doing a better job for users and helping others do the same.
What I like is coming here to hang out with a self-selecting list of more experienced and serious community managers to exchange ideas, and to be challenged by your great posts. One thing that might help is to write these more specifically in order to elicit a response from regulars here to co-create value … they tend to be more complete “blog posts” and I’m often surprised they get few comments, but then I’m not sure what to say other than “interesting thought, thanks”
… there, may be a bit rambling but hope it helps
Keep up the great work