This week in community building — Issue 70

A new front in the content moderation war; An expected outcome in the old one

Big Technology

Now that Facebook and Twitter have warmed to moderation, the war over content online will not end. It will just move on. And it’s worth considering where it’s going. After Amazon effectively took Parler offline, the battle appears headed to smaller, mainstream networks like Substack, Spotify (podcasts), and Clubhouse.

Storming Reddit's Moat

Flood State

Seeing an opportunity, the r/changemyview moderators decided in 2019 that they would “unbundle” the community from Reddit - migrate it, in other words, to a dedicated website. They had not just a large user base but an active and engaged one. Controlling their own platform, and being able to monetize their content, would let them build features tailored to CMV’s mission and fund work to further the growth of the community. But the effort didn’t last. Less than a year and a half later, the new CMV website is dead and the community continues to thrive on Reddit. What went wrong?

🌟 Community Building Tip of the Week

Use RSS to your advantage to help your community connect and stay informed.

Here is one way: pull RSS feeds into your community Slack.

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