+Renegade Knight Posted December 12, 2003 Share Posted December 12, 2003 When goecaching.com made their forums they made them with the hopes the forums would be a success. A success would mean that geocachers enjoyed the forums and used them. One of the problems an enterprise faces with success is that when they succeed, very often it’s not how they thought they would. Thus the forums now have 50,000+ registered users who have made their own community. Truly, this is a success. However the community discusses what it will. Very often that has nothing to do with the geocaching topics that Groundspeak had in mind when they created the forums. Any enterprise when faced with being a success in an unexpected area has two options. Run with the success and work with this unexpected boon or they can say to themselves “This is not what we want” and ignore the success while working to make the lagging parts of their vision into the success they thought it should be. You can not make both a priority. Groundspeak faces the same choice. Do they work with what the forum community has become or do they strive to mold the community into something other than what it is? The obvious choice is to work with your success. Yet that choice has as a risk the immediate loss of some level of control. Most people don’t make that choice because of that reason. The other choice exerts a lot more immediate control and yet runs the risk of a drastic decrease in the very control trying to be preserved. There is no easy balance between the two. For now the choice that Groundspeak has made is clear. The irony is that same choice made by a different discussion group is how the forums you are reading this in got their start. Quote Link to comment
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