Archive for The WELL
There are core principles about online community that John Coates' body of work reminds us are a fundamental part of whatever flavor of online community building we do. Starting in 1992, and revised twice since, Coates wrote an essay called "InnKeeping in CyberSpace" which still serves as an up-to-the-minute guide to online community best practices.
In 1996 the cover of Wired magazine called The WELL "the world's most influential online community." Today that community is struggling for its life as its owner looks for a buyer of the well.com domain. How does a true online community preserve itself?