This community once was its own set of best practices. It was how a community should operate. I learned what i wanted out of an online community by being a part of this place. Ning committed suicide, but not before it gave us the most awesome coffin to sleep in. Ning 3.0 is like an unpainted ferrari, disassembled and laying out everywhere in the floor of my garage. My 2.0 frankensite is getting dusty.
Ive been doing a lot of innovating lately, as i trust many if not most of you creators out there in creatorland have. However, this place is a complete ghost town compared to what it once was. In the old days 3 or 4 new sock-blowers would get posted and we all gave feedback and stayed inspired. Today, tumblrweeds...i wonder who's even in charge. that person may not even know that i have hundreds of posts and thousands of contributions to this community. he/she/it may even bounce me for my implied profanities. i sold Ning 3.0 with my enthusiasm to make it mine. Much like many just a few a couple of you, my tips, tricks, hacks and workarounds made the platform look versatile- our willingness to experiment as a community in many ways made me into the person i am today. Community building without a doubt changed my life. Today, i almost feel like i need to scrape all of my old posts from the site in order to have a backup, ...but a backup from what? if this place goes, ning has gone....so the tips specific to Ning are worthless.
As a Ning for hire, i've met a lot of interesting and ambitious characters. I became webmaster for my college. I'm finishing my phd for applied anthropology- social & cultural change / sustainability. What Ning has done is undoubtedly only sustainable in their minds. Here is a place where people there are only allowed once a month to see if anything bad has been written. Maybe a few things will shift on the home page but most everyone is gone. Smoke and mirrors.
So, If you are still here and give a s#it, stand up!.
To be honest, i like Ning 3 just the way it is. I just want to migrate and get it over. But in the meantime, i do still work on Ning quite a bit. So, If you are lost, ask a question. If you are curious, ask. If you find something valuable or interesting, comment or say thank you. It is just as common courtesy online as it is in the real world. I am no longer going to keep contributing to my archive if everybody seems to already have everything figured out.
1,234 views of a post i made last week and not one thank you or feedback. That post was my test and this community failed.