This thread is about the things that we can to strengthening the Bitcoin Community itself.
I have been involved in many Community Projects in my life, both top-down controlled projects and decentralized communities like Bitcoin. I would like to share some thoughts on how we can strengthen, build, and extend the ‘Bitcoin Community’
I write this as there is lots of focus goes to the quantitate qualities of Bitcoin. Such as its price, number of posts, hashing power, and the quality of the exchanges and the quality Bitcoin software itself.
However there is the other element that we geeks often miss: The Human Element.
First, before I can suggest ways that we can maximise our ‘human element’ I must define what constitutes a good community.
A Good Community has the following features:
1. Every ‘member’ is a member by consent.
2. Has respected leaders who lead by example, but don’t control.
3. Multifaceted and organic.
4. A place where one can find support, comfort, and belonging.
5. A structure that is built upon the sharing of ideas and teamwork.
In essence, a good community is an organic structure where a member joins on their own accord and strategically commits their own resources to where they believe would have the most benefit for the parts of the community they care about (including themselves).
Some suggestions for the Bitcoin Community:
Be Friendly! But not fools.
The Bitcoin Community will be under constant siege from Scammers, Spammers, and Trolls. When those who see an open, playful, and venerable new community it is like sweet pudding to the evil traits of the wider world.
Welcome people in. Be honest about the risk of Scammers. However don’t be nasty.
The most powerful weapon that this community has is execution. Use it. Troll’s don’t feed it them.
When somebody is scammed, don’t tease them. Comfort and educate them so they may not lose all hope in Bitcoin itself.
Support Charity; Bitcoin Charities.
Jesus once said “Why do you try and take the spec out of our friend’s eye, while you have a log in your own”
And: “Let Dead will bury themselves”
(Wise words, either way, no matter you stance on religion or the history of it.).
Yes. Charity is extremely important. However let’s get this straight; we have enough work in our own back-yard, before helping the back-yard of other communities. Lets focus on caring for those whom need help and are vulnerable of our OWN community. Not focus on other communities who don’t care about Bitcoin at-heart.
So I ask? Why isn’t there a Bitcoin for Bitcoiners Charity!?
See someone in the Community who you think needs help: Go out of your way to help them!
But be wise… We don’t want scammers getting our time, energy and Bitcoins!
Make your own mind up! But don’t be pig-headed.
Do not ignore wisdom, in whatever form it comes in.
If a so-called ‘leader’ comes to the community and starts saying ‘you must do xyz‘; ignore him/her.
If a wise man/woman comes and suggests that you can, in self-inflection, change what you are doing to become more effective. Do listen, think about it, and choose your action based upon what you think is right for yourself!
Listen to people who have experience, for they have more-often-than-not been through it before. Maybe you can learn from their mistakes?
Finally: Be Creative!
There are no bounds to the ingenuity of the human mind. Use this! It is your greatest tool, pick something where you will be happy, and fell-like you are the most benefit for extending your goals.
Find like-minded people from both within the Bitcoin community, and for others, who are outside and offer assistance, don’t reject it.
“A hammer is a hammer; be it a friend’s, or your own.”
Please commit on your thoughts about this community. Maybe suggesting some more practical ways this community can be strengthened.
Note, my spelling, grammar, and English language skills in general are not particularly good. Please pm me if you can find a better way to phase something.