Community construction in progress

EDIT! I have deactivated the community function for the moment. Spam is an issue – a big one! – and I want to spend November creating games not deleting spam! I will revisit this after November and see if we can sort things out for next year.

I have had a number of people this year (and every year) ask about an “official” NagaDemon forum or other community space. To this point I have resisted for two simple reasons; firstly, I firmly believe you will talk more in the communities / forums / social media that you already use and are most comfortable with; and secondly because I don’t have the time to devote to forum moderation. However, there are many valid reasons to have a single place for NagaDemon participants to talk with each other, ask questions and share experiences.

So, I thought we might try a bit of an experiment. I have set up a community feature that will allow you to share what you have been doing, create and join groups, make connections with others and generally keep a check on what others are doing. It is a plugin for wordpress sites (which this site is) called BuddyPress and it is designed specifically for creating communities and dedicated social networks. I haven’t used this feature before, so it is all completely new to me, but I thought that together we could try it out and see if it works for us.

If you hit the big red “JOIN!” button on the right you can set up an account and get involved. There isn’t much activity as I am currently the only member (!), but I am sure we can fix that! Currently the feature is a very simple “activity stream”, a little bit like a Facebook stream I suppose, though you can also create groups and the like. There are a variety of other functions (including a forum) that can be added, but I just thought we should see how this goes first.

So, join, try things out, and let me know what you think. Leave some comments / messages in the community, or in the comments section below.