A technical community is one that shares an interest in a certain kind of technology, such as a software application, programming language, operating system.
Examples of such communities include:
- Usenet newsgroups such as comp.lang.perl.moderated
- User groups (eg. Linux User Groups, Final Cut User Groups)
- Open source software -- a meta-community consisting of numerous sub-groups
Tools and platforms Edit
Technical communities often have a high level of comfort and proficiency with using computer-mediated communications and online tools. They are very likely to host their own platforms rather than using one provided by a third party, unless the third party tool provides features (through aggregation) that would not otherwise be available.
Technical communities often use:
- Wikis, often self-hosted Mediawiki installations
- Planets, aggregating the (often self-hosted) blogs of the members
- Mailing lists, especially self-hosted with Mailman
- Collaboration tools such as Version control
- IRC is the preferred real-time chat facility, especially for communities grounded in older (1990s and before) Internet- or Unix-based technologies
- Identi.ca is preferred over Twitter by some technical communities
Technical communities commonly use the following event formats:
Common session formats include: