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How to handle introductions

March 6, 2018 at 11:24am

How to handle introductions

March 6, 2018 at 11:24am
Hi! I'm the admin of the statecharts community, a small but passionate group of people from diverse backgrounds. I wanted a way for the members to introduce themselves to one another.
My first inclination was to make an "Introduction" post, and get everyone to comment their introduction. After thinking it through, I figured that this would end up with an extremely large thread with introductions, and the introductions would be lost inbetween lots of "hi there" or discussions that happen as people introduce themselves.
So I ended up making an #introductions channel, and directed my members to write an introductory post with their name as the title, where any discussion about them (or with them about them) would happen in a localized place.
So my question is: have anyone else tried anything similar?

March 6, 2018 at 11:56am
Here's an example of a single thread with introductions by in the WIP community: https://spectrum.chat/wip?thread=e9033d6d-3c83-4ff2-89ec-2e19e5f629cc
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March 6, 2018 at 6:03pm
This is actually a problem we've been thinking about, too - since it's a really common scenario that you've found yourself in where you need an effective way to introduce new people while also giving people space to share a bit more about themselves in a way that doesn't get lost in noise
I'm curious if you have any ideas on what kind of ideal outcome you'd have from either the introductions channel, or from a single introductions post? Is it just for people to write a blurb about their work? Or do you envision that introduction being a reference to those people that could be discovered later when trying to learn more about a particular member?
the latter. if someone chats with someone interesting, it's easier to find, just search for their name in the #Introductions channel.
The discussion there, if any, might be old, but could be continued and the context would be right there.
Also, a post invites you to write a bit more than just a oneliner, although I see the point that this might stifle some Introductions.
Agreed completely
In the short term I think you'll be fine with either approach, but my hunch is a single thread where people can add on will be lower friction
We've had some chats internally about what it might look like to "productize" this problem and make a really great flow for introductions => discovery => connection within the members of a community, but we don't have any major worked scoped there. But this is a good reminder of the pain point :)
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March 7, 2018 at 1:28pm
After my Zelda fan site days of youth I noticed it was easier to grow the forums when I funnelled people into fewer "channels". So I'm holding off on using channels at all until they grow and split organically.
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Good call, . That's generally what we suggest, and we give people the ability to move threads to other channels at a later time.
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