A community lets people who share a common interest interact with one another.
What makes a community?
Communities are groups of people with a common interest. A public community with open access is available for all to join, while membership of a restricted community is limited to a particular group. You can also start a public community with invitation-only access, allowing you to control membership and manage access to the community's resources.
A community provides the means for users to stay in touch, share information, and exchange ideas. Communities provide an excellent way to connect members of a project team, organize a task force researching an emerging technology, or bring together a group of people who share any interest.
Starting a community can help you to build a valuable repository of information and expertise about a specific subject. In addition to sharing files, bookmarks, and other resources, when members need the solution to a specific problem, posting a question to the community forums is a great way to leverage knowledge within the community. Experts within the community can answer the questions and share their insights with other members.
Use the tools provided with the Communities application to reach out, make connections, get organized, and start sharing information. As a community owner, you can invite others to join, and manage the content and membership for the community. If owner moderation is enabled, you can also review and manage the content of community blogs, files, and forums.
Whether you are joining a community or starting one of your own, you can use these features to get the most out of your experience.
Parent topic: Communities overviews, how-tos, and FAQs
- Click My Communities to see a list of the communities that you belong to. When you are logged in, you are automatically brought to this page when you open the Communities application.
- Participate in a community's discussion forum to explore topics of common interest and debate solutions to shared problems.
- Access the Members page to add or remove members from your community. All members of the community can view the list of people who belong to the community.
- Use tags to assign descriptive keywords to your community. Tags are useful for searching for a particular type of community or filtering search results.
- Bring information into your community by sharing files and bookmarks with fellow members.
- Add widgets to your community to make extra functionality available to members. For example, you might want to add a wiki to get your community collaborating or a blog for posting the latest community news. You must be a community owner to add widgets to a community.
- Organize your community membership using subcommunities to create smaller subsets of members within the parent community. You must be a community owner to add subcommunities to a community.