If you create a community, please try and populate it with content. I see a lot of new communities with 0-1 posts from the mod. That’s not nearly enough to get people engaged - users are going to see that it’s a ghost town and leave.

If you have enough interest to create a community, you probably know something about the subject matter, so PLEASE add some posts (5-10 would be a good start). Maybe some questions to get people talking, even popular reposts from other sites. It sucks shouting into a void, but if you don’t do it, everyone else will also be shouting into a void.

Also please consider whether you need to create a community! When there are 100 million users of the site, there may be 1000 people who are interested in the same exact niche tabletop RPG as you, but there are <500,000 users here for now, so you’ll be lucky to find 10. Consider creating a thread in a broader community (like boardgames) until you have enough people talking in the thread that it gets messy - then it’s time to create a separate community.

Thanks for coming to my TED talk.

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so true : when i tried mastodon, the first feature i enjoyed was the local feed : it just give you the feeling you don’t go to an empty place

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Great idea, I posted my own photography work here and people joined afterwards. https://lemmy.world/c/macrophotography

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wow those photos look amazing!

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Thanks!

I wish more people understood this concept in general. Whether it be making communities on a network like this, making discord servers, or even starting a small business – many times my friends and acquaintances have tried to create something that relies on people to keep it alive, but give no one a reason to want to engage with their platform/service/etc, expecting there to be a flood of people out of nowhere that will cause the system to support itself.

Good talk, needs more exposure.

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Thanks! All i can do is try to mention it where I can, and hopefully more people will see this.

wee_butterfly
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I joined the Glasgow community. I’m the only subscriber there!

@dystop@lemmy.world
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Glasgow? My condolences.

Jk haha welcome to lemmy my dude

I started https://kbin.social/m/BostonTerrier and I’m trying to post multiple times a week, but it’s difficult sort of throwing things into the void. Plus, I only have two dogs!

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Same I throw things and people rarely help but it is still somewhat enjoyable. Different kind of enjoyable than reddit, not worse, meditative.

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What might be a good idea is to spend a bit of time each week gathering content and then using https://github.com/RikudouSage/LemmySchedule to spread out the posting throughout the week. Then you can comment on it as it shows up on your feed.

If you guys look on my profile m/BotIt is a bot that will autopull content from subreddits you choose based on time and karma requirements you set.

GitHub is in the top post. Works great and will auto populate content.

Seems great

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Also to everyone creating a community, it takes time. Don’t get too discouraged if uptake is slow!

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Yes, this can’t be stressed enough. Expect to be shouting into a void for 2-3 days. That’s the price of being an early adopter!

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Might be weeks even, this sort of thing really can’t be predicted at the very early stages.

Its not about how popular it is, its about having a space to talk to fellow like minded people.

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If you want to crosspost content from reddit automatically use: https://github.com/driccio98/BotIt,
It’s intended for links and I wouldn’t encourage using it for anything else cause you know, stealing content from others is not good.
But if you need a link aggregator for your community this might do it.

Is there a way to ensure it only posts links and not OC?

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in theory, you can exclude anything that is a text post, but a lot of the content posted on sum subs that you want are self posts. like sports post games, weekly resets in games, or transcripts of twitter threads.

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Yup, I made it so it would only post links. In my opinion is not a good idea to let the bot take every post it finds.
Also it currently only posts 1 post at a time on each fetch so as to not flood the magazine and let users post by themselves.

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Does it let you use it on specific users? Some bots would be useful to put it on. I know of a few that post relevant videos automatically or aggregate game API data that would be good to add to a few subs.

Fanny_B already set up a game bot for the baseball communities. If you run any other sports maybe check to see if he could help you out!

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This one just fetches posts from subreddits, something like that would probably need API access, and as we know, reddit will start charging for it.
It might be a good idea to just port those bots (when doable) and make them post on Lemmy/kbin as well

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It does it automatically!, it won’t post anything that isn’t a link

I’m liking this! I think I’ll get it added to a community I mod. Thank you!

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No problem! let me know if you have any questions or find any bugs

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An idea for people like me that still use reddit alongside lemmy, if you make a post on lemmy, post the lemmy link to the corresponding subreddit. That way if the post gets traction on reddit, all the clicks are leading them to the lemmy post

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I’ve been doing just that. If you’re a fan of The Office, get on over to m/DunderMifflin. Although I’ve never been a fan of the name. It’d be better if it was m/PaperGreat. Where Great Paper is our Passion.

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Is m/<community name> the notation for any fediverse community or for a specific platform like Lemmy or mastodon?

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m/<community name> = kbin.social magazine

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Oh gotcha. Thanks!

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I actually can’t access that - I’ve tried https://kbin.social/m/dundermifflin and https://lemmy.world/c/DunderMifflin@kbin.social . Do you have a link?

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Believe it or not, it’s case-sensitive:

https://kbin.social/m/DunderMifflin

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Thanks. I’ll try to kickstart mine once I have some free time.

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What is hard too, is if all the posts to get things started are the mods or creator, the same ghost town might occur. It’s hard to tell or know what will be interesting to get people talking so to speak. Some should also be put on the subscribers as well who also have an interest. It’s a double edge sword sometimes.

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Yes, but if you don’t know what people would find interesting, neither would the first few subscribers. It’s better to have at least some stuff there (even if it’s all posted by you).

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How do you create a community? I dont even have the option.

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This thread is great for getting ideas on how to get some content in the community I have.

Create a post

A place to post new communities all over Lemmy for discovery and promotion.

Rules

The rules may be more established as time goes on, but it’s important to have a foundation to work on.

1. Follow the rules of Lemmy.world - These rules are the same as Mastodon.world’s rules, which can be found here.

2. Include a community title and description in your post title. - A following example of this would be New Communities - A place to post new communities all over Lemmy for discovery and promotion.

3. Follow the formatting. - The formatting as included below is important for people getting universal links across Lemmy as easily as possible.

Formatting

Please include this following format in your post:

[link text](/c/community@instance.com)

This provides a link that should work across instances, but in some cases it won’t

You should also include either:

!community@instance.com

or instance.com/c/community

FAQ:

Q: Why do I get a 404?

A: At least one user in an instance needs to search for a community before it gets fetched. Searching for the community will bring it into the instance and it will fetch a few of the most recent posts without comments. If a user is subscribed to a community, then all of the future posts and interactions are now in-sync.

Q: When I try to create a post, the circle just spins forever. Why is that?

A: This is a current known issue with large communities. Sometimes it does get posted, but just continues spinning, but sometimes it doesn’t get posted and continues spinning. If it doesn’t actually get posted, the best thing to do is try later. However, only some people seem to be having this problem at the moment.

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Fahmi, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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