Hi all! I wanted to share the progress I've been making putting together a very simple community platform.
My background is offline/online (mostly online these days!) communities, I've been building/working with a few for about 7 years now - thisiscodebase.com is the big one. We've been through a bunch of community platforms over the years - right now we primarily use Slack + Mighty Networks, alongside more one-way communication tools.
I like MN, but I've had a lot of feedback from our community that they really dislike the interface - in fact they much preferred using Google Groups which we used for ~5 years before. I tried to get to the bottom of why, and it feels like there's two things:
So I did what I think many of you might do, and built my own tool. It's primarily built for smaller communities like ours (in the hundreds, not thousands) and is effectively a discussion, events, profiles, and the ability to create smaller, niche groups. I wanted our community to be able to see everything that is going on within one screen, and get relevant info direct to their inboxes.
Still very much in beta - I'd love any feedback. If you want to join a dummy community, you can sign up here https://getsets.net/join/loftcoworking, and if you send me any feedback I've got a handful 50% off for life vouchers I can send you.
Edit: I should add, you'll need to register via a real email address - there's an approval system for each Set to help community managers make sure the right people are joining, and you get your confirmation to your inbox.