Rosieland Roundup 203 - The ritual of saying goodbye

Rosieland Roundup 203 - The ritual of saying goodbye

๐ŸŒˆ Welcome to another week in Rosieland, let us dive deep into the world of community building...

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๐Ÿ’ฐ Optimizing membership pricing for simplicity

Sometimes we can get carried away with thinking out the perfect membership pricing strategy. But who or what do we truly end up optimizing for?

I appreciate this isn't for everyone...but with me taking on a new job that is actually my old job, I realized I care more about simplicity of my systems over what people pay. I want to feel supported and for there to be enough of a filter for bringing in the right kind of people (which in turn brings me more joy in the running of Rosieland on a day to day basis).

There is no science behind this, but I can confirm new membership subscriptions have been balanced out between all tiers.

Rosieland's Membership Pricing

๐Ÿš“ A new meaning to the song "Every breath you take"

Could we all take a moment to listen to the song "Every breath you take" by The Police whilst thinking about a recently inactive member? Thanks Simon Tomes!๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿ‘‹ The ritual of saying goodbye

I love this reflection on the thresholds of community. We design and expect rituals for when people join a community, but usually dismiss the needs and benefits of one for when we leave.

[Peter Block] suggests that when people leave a meeting, they let everyone know why they are leaving. Such an act is a kindness as it shows a concern for clarity in the space. โ€” Chris Corrigan

๐Ÿฆ  What if we looked at our community spaces as distinct organisms that are meant to do very different things?

Perhaps if we understood what we were creating then we could stop defaulting to "this community has to scale". Maybe some parts scale better than others.

Just as a we can see the distinct layers of โ€œcellโ€, โ€œtissueโ€ and โ€œorganโ€ at the micro-scales, I want you to see the distinct layers at the macro-scale. I want you to see that a group of 5 people is a distinct superorganism with distinct competencies. A group of 150 people is another species of superorganism, it can do other things. โ€” Richard Barlett

๐Ÿ“ Other interesting reads

Prototyping in community
๐Ÿ‘‹Hello. My name is Rosie and Iโ€™m guilty of doing community things without properly thinking them through. There is no shortage of new ideas for what we can do in community, but ideas are nothing without action and living through them. New community ideas are exciting. They are a break
๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ™Œ Behind the scenes: A peek into the work of online community stewards
Our team interviews moderators about their challenges and triumphs
Let the community work it out: A throwback to early internet days could fix social mediaโ€™s crisis of legitimacy
โ€œWe believe it is time to consider not just how online spaces can be governed efficiently and in service to corporate bottom lines, but how they can be governed fairly and legitimately.โ€
Governable Spaces
A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Pressโ€™s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more. When was the last time you participated in an election for a Facebook group or sat on a jury for a dispute in a subreddit?
5 Ways Online Communities Fail and What We Can Do About It
Letโ€™s try to understand what makes communities fail and what we can do to help prevent failure

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