I am running a mid-size (~600 users) Slack community. However, the activity rate is pretty low. It's more like a news board where people post their offering or ask for help. It would love to see more meaningful conversations.
I really like Slack and I see similar shallow conversations in our company's #water-cooler / #off-work channels.
So I started wondering what might be the reasons behind this:
4 reasons why users might not participate in general purpose Slack channels:
😱 Stage fright
🎯Missing purpose & direction: What kind of conversations are appropriate / interesting for 600 people?
🏃Lack of personal commitment
⚡No immediacy / urge / focus: Slack channels are permanent => No urge or FOMO.
Lately, I initiated a AMA (ask me anything) "Event". A rather small group of people had a fixed time span to post their questions. This was quite successful and people started to participate as I have hoped. So, are time-restricted, scheduled conversations a solution?