I personally don’t use reddit often at all anymore. Ill respond on here or on the discord/matrix server. The problem is there is no one size fits all kind of approach to this. When the dark happened I saw people wanting a forum like this but as soon as an instance was spun up and made official I saw a sub-group of people leave cause they had wanted a federated Lemmy instance instead. Then the sub-reddit re-opened after pressure and threats were made to Mod’s by reddit. We have people everywhere. Some are on Lemmy, some are here, some are back on reddit. There was a post on here earlier that we should not tie this instance to r/selfhosted anymore and make our discourse seo better. I think we could really build this up with some positivity and general open mindedness.
I don’t use reddit either anymore and at first, I also thought a lemmy instance would be great but the truth is… reddit is simply not a good format for this (and probably lemmy too). It is much more convenient to have everything categorised and more easily searchable.
Making a community takes time, even thought it already exist, this is another platform so we need to create interesting content here.
I think that is a great idea. At some point there should be a discussion about the goals for this community (what do we think we can reasonably be?).
As far as creating content goes, I’ve got a couple of thoughts.
It might be nice to run a series of “Content Campaigns” where we encourage people to post on
somewhat related themes. For example, a series of posts about “gotchas” when selfhosting.
A couple of examples include
When I setup jellyfin, I messed up a toggle switch on how info is stored. So when I do an upgrade to the docker container, I have to go and attach metadata to some - but not all - of my library.
Nextcloud doesn’t let you change the url after setting it up. So, if you are just experimenting with it before making it available over the internet, be aware.
It might be nice to have a list of docker errors just as a heads up. For example, I’ve always used docker-compose but recently ran into an issue where I needed to use docker compose because of the versioning of docker files.
Yes most of these are easy to google after you have run into the issue but how do you learn about these things ahead of time?
An alternative campaign might be about good, up-to-date tutorials.
I think we could come up with a good set of topics that would be beneficial. I’m imagining it as a way to condense a lot of the issues people run into. If it is condensed, then it should lead to a lot of people accessing it frequently, which leads to good rankings, which leads to a larger community. That’s kind of why the reddit site works.
This is one of the reasons I started some threads asking questions to get people involved. It has received a lot of responses and I get daily notifications. If we can get this going and promote it more then in some time we might have more participants.