All posts for “community”


New Video: Online Discussion Forums

Posted by: leelefever on February 18, 2014- 10:13am

Categories: Common Craft Video, community, discussion, forums, moderation, social media


Today we’re announcing a new member-requested video that explains online discussion forums in about 2.5 minutes.     Watch it now About this video: In the real world, we depend on discussions for learning and socializing. It’s how we relate to one another. The same thing happens on the Web, and thanks to discussion forums we have a reliable way to organize and discover information in the form of discussions among people anywhere in the world.  It teaches: The role of discussion forums on the... Continue Reading

Designing Common Craft T-Shirts on

Posted by: leelefever on August 20, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: community, design, merch, store


As you may have seen, the Common Craft Store has a section for merchandise that is looking pretty minimal at the moment.  At the same time, we often get requests for t-shirts.  Hopefully, we're about to solve this problem. We've created a new "assignment" on a website called Pixish. Using Pixish, we can describe an image we need and have a community of creative people submit their ideas.  The creator of the winning images win "rewards" - often money, links, etc.   We're hoping to identify... Continue Reading

Speaking at Zaaz Event August 14th, Seattle

Posted by: leelefever on August 4, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, presentation, Speaking


I'll be speaking at what is shaping up to be a fun event at Zaaz in downtown Seattle on August 14th. I'll be presenting a version of the Online Community as Party talk.  The event is free and focused on folks in the local UX / usability / IA / design community.  To RSVP, pleae leave a comment here.  I'm looking forward to seeing my friend Paul Ingram from Ingram Labs and hearing more about "The Effective Use of Kittens" from Jason Carmel of Zaaz and "The Art of Deep Hanging Out" from... Continue Reading
The Clue Unit podcast is a (mostly) weekly discussion of news and trends related to online communities in the business context with Jake McKee, Lee LeFever and Christopher Carfi. This week we were joined by Derek Powazek, someone that we've talked about a number of times and took this chance to talk with him. We focused on Community As Business - Our current focus. Clue Unit #20: A Conversation with Derek Powazek - June 25, 2007 (iTunes) (MP3) (click here to subscribe) Episode 20, about... Continue Reading

Online Community as Party

Posted by: leelefever on June 16, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, CommunityManagement, event, presentation, socialdesign


A while back I posted an entry called Your Community is a Party Waiting to Happen that outlined a number of common sense ways that hosting a party is like managing an online community. I really believe the metaphor is useful and I've developed a talk on the subject. Here are the slides from the talk...

Plenty of Fish and Dating Site Disruption

Posted by: leelefever on June 10, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: advertising, business, community, disruption, google


If you haven't heard about Markus Frind and his dating site at, you will. Markus is singlehandedly disrupting the dating site industry by offering a free alternative to pay-to-play sites like What makes his story so interesting is that he is the site's only employee - he runs the whole site from his Vancouver, Canada apartment and makes millions of dollars from Google ad revenue. Here are some of the basic facts from a recent Wall Street Journal story (via:... Continue Reading

Facebook, Addiction and the New News

Posted by: leelefever on June 7, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, news, socialdesign, socialnetworking


Over the past 3 weeks or so, I've fallen for Facebook. It has continually impressed me with it's innovation, social design and growing dominance of its space. Facebook does a lot of things well, but the one thing that impresses me most is how it exposes the actions of my friends on the site. I can see it when Kris Krug joins a group or Duncan Rawlinson updates Twitter . It brings the online and public world of my friends closer to me.I can't help but think about the whole idea of stocks and... Continue Reading
One of the mantras of the Online Community Unconference became "keeping the party rolling" - not because we partied all day in night, but because many attendees were already in the community business, but looking for ways to improve the experience and value on an ongoing basis. Indeed, the group was a mix of the very experienced and those just getting started. Speaking of a mix of people, my guess is that that there were about the same number of women as men at the conference and as tech... Continue Reading

Off to the Online Community Unconference

Posted by: leelefever on June 4, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, conference, event, Speaking, travel, unconference


I'm heading down to the Silicon Valley for the Online Community Unconference put on by my friends at Forum One.  If you're unfamiliar with an unconference, check out this wikipedia entry.  Basically it's a great way to get people together without all the baggage (and costs) of a "conference." I've signed up to lead a session on "New Community Planning" as I often find myself in the position to help plan a community-oriented sites.  I'm not leading it because I have the answers - I'm... Continue Reading

Clue Unit Podcast #14: Non-Traditional Transparency

Posted by: leelefever on May 22, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: business, clueunit, community, podcast


The Clue Unit podcast is a (mostly) weekly discussion of news and trends related to online communities in the business context with Jake McKee, Lee LeFever and Christopher Carfi. (click here to listen - MP3) (click here to subscribe to this feed) Episode 14, about 30 minutes. Today's Topic: Non-traditional Discussion of Transparency     Spammer Contacts Jake       Flickr Censors User       Engadget Drops Apple's Stock Price       Heather and Derek Leave JPG Magazine As... Continue Reading