I want to take a moment to surface an issue we are going to confront in 2018. While I’m working through the product we are building for Rooster Teeth community what I’ve identified is that the natural organization that is happening is that there are what I am calling “communities” that are either created and run by RT or they are naturally forming (this is the key to RT’s success and what you all love). To me, the distinction between a “group” of people and a “community” is very important. In reality, this distinction may be arbitrary and not matter to very many people, but to me it’s important. I’m going to take a quick stab at explaining why this matters to me, and I believe, should matter to you.
What is a group?
By definition: “A number of people or things that are located close together or are considered or classed together.”
What is a community?
By definition: “A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”
The difference between the two and the importance to me, lies in the personalization of the words. To me, a group is more impersonal than a community (and this may be a good thing, but for what we have here at RT I don’t think it is). From the definitions, the key points to highlight are that groups are “people or things”, I don’t like the “or things” part. From the definition of community, the words that I really like are “fellowship”, “common attitudes, interests or goals”.
What I hope to do over the course of the next year is to introduce one word that describes what we have and get everyone on the same page about why we are using it and shift away from other words.
Our communities should provide a feeling of fellowship, they should be created and organized as places to share common attitudes, interests and ultimately goals. They should be welcoming of others and embrace new users.
I hope we can move away from the word “group”. When we introduce our new products, we will be reinforcing this decision.
I realize this post is extremely geeky, sorry.