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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[]

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
  • is preferred over Twitter by some technical communities


Technical communities commonly use the following event formats:

Common session formats include:

Community norms[]

  • Top-posting is more often frowned upon than elsewhere
  • Threaded comments are preferred
  • Anonymity is rare; Pseudonymity is uncommon (though nicknames are plentiful, most members do not attempt to hide their legal names)