Running a community can be one of the most difficult, but also one of the most rewarding, things to do in gaming. a great game will be great despite its community, just as a bad game will be bad no matter what. Whether you are a community manager or a community leader running a fan site, it’s up to you to create an environment of constructive conversation and ultimately growth for the game.
You must have a vision
You should have a vision for the community. What do you want the community to look like? the more concise you can be with you vision, the better you will be at directing people toward it. At the same time, you want to be able to express your vision for the community in a sentence or two.
You must have a Core Audience
These guys have to be on board with the vision you created in the earlier step. And the number of people in this group will grow or change as your community gets bigger. your goal should be to have a team that is not afraid to speak its mind. It is distinctly possible that these people will disagree with some of the ideas that you have. you should encourage this disagreement.
If someone comes to you dead-set on doing something for the site, check the idea against the vision.If there are complaints about how a particular thing is handled and another way is presented, check it against the vision. last but not least Your community will be better off in the long run without toxic members, even if that means you might lose some people when the toxic person is removed.
What do you think? Have you run into a great gaming community?Let me hear your stories.
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