Continuing the discussion from Upcoming Blockstack Site:
I’d like to propose an alternative community membership flow (for lack of better terminology).
Right now, the site design makes slack channel button is the primary entry method to the community.
I propose changing the button to “Join the community” and linking it to the forum (or forum signup).
- Visitor visits site
- Visitor browses forum
- Visitor decides to participate
- Visitor joins forum
- Visitor receives the forum welcome message - which invites them to introduce themselves to the community by making a post in the Say Hello category. It also invites them to join the slack channel. (see screenshot below)
- Visitor introduces herself in Say Hello
- Visitor joins Slack channel
My goals are to maximize inclusiveness and discoverability by structuring the community to be public and asynchronous by default. Making the forum the default entry point to the community would help to achieve that.
I view joining the Slack channel as a higher level of commitment & involvement than joining the forum. To get much value out of a chat channel, you need to make more of an effort to keep up. I think it makes sense as a second step.
Another benefit is that once we add login with Blockchain ID to the forums, joining the community will be done using technology developed by the community.
I’ve gone ahead and modified the default welcome message to reflect this flow. It now begins by inviting users to introduce themselves and to join the Slack channel.
Here’s what it looks like now:
I’ve also made a Say Hello post for myself so that you have an idea of what I have in mind. I think this is will be more useful to show people how activity the community is than people introducing themselves in a chat where only a handful of people who happen to be online at the time will ever see it.
Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts.