We believe strongly in being a part of and improving already existing communities.
As a part of this we've have gotten involved in the CHAOSScast open source community podcast. Venia is an organizer and panelist.
We'll regularly be cross-posting episodes in the CHAOSS community here for you to listen to.
If you'd like to see them all, head over to CHAOSS.community or to your favorite podcast app!
This week's podcast is episode 5: Defining Open Source Community Health
This is probably the most important podcast you could listen to for CHAOSS.
This podcast is integral to their mission of providing tools and strategies for defining what it means for a community or open source project to be healthy.
It's an unexpectedly hard question to answer and for CHAOSS and SociallyConstructed.Online this is what we live for. We believe that your presence in a community should not hinder its growth and if it is, it's your job to ensure that doesn't happen.
Over here the SCMS has been our answer to enhanced social listening and basing community health on the very voices, opinions, and feelings of the community members. But it's not just about what people are saying. It's also about what they are doing. Tracking your community through tried-and-true analytics provides a way for you to measure health from week to week and forecast where you need to focus on it next week.
CHAOSS provides that other part of the equation by measuring it with a series of well conceived, written, and implemented metrics you can look through here. Applying some of these metrics to your community may shine a light on what your community is doing well, where it could improve, and what your next step will be to foster community growth.
Question: How are you measuring community health? Do you report it to users?
Submit your answers here or on our twitter feed@The_SCMS!
Your answers could help CHAOSS and us make powerful new metrics.