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Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
My question would be broader:
"How to increase member participation in reflection in this community?"
From what I could find out (correct me if you are mistaken) there are 387,712 people who created your public profile
Of course, with this increased participation would be people from all over the world, with different cultures
This is an interesting question but is it unique to this community or is it true of most online (and even in-person) communities that a minor few (I won't use the term "vital" as that implies level of importance) contribute the majority of the content?
I've seen this with PMI chapters and with the communities for other (non-PM) associations as well.
There are a number of gamification-based tactics used in this community to encourage increased participation, and some of those have been used & abused by a few non-contributing members.
Perhaps one such tactic would be to zero out all the contribution-based metrics (e.g. influence, articles, blogs) so new members don't feel that it will take "forever" to get noticed?
Luis is a good example of someone who joined this community very recently, but has made a big impact with his posts and feedback on discussion threads & articles so, in his case, it is clear that being a newcomer to the community from a non-American country was not a barrier to participation.
What would you suggest?
In my personal opinion the block is language. Supposse that people know english is a big mistake. I encourage people to write in they native language.
Perhaps it could be good if the PMI opens diferent folders in different languages to promote people participation.
what also might help is a translation feature like in facebook. If there were only different streams for languages, the merit of diversity of opinion is lost.
The courage just to speak (write) publicly has to be build, not everybody from every culture has it.
I started participating more actively in this community in 2015 attending all Conferences organized during that year by ProjectManagement.com
The features of PMC (Project Management Central) allow a basic discussion/debate with features such as Reply, Vote, Edit, Search, etc. However, presentational content such as Articles, Blog posts, and Webinars lack these discussion/debate features, making it difficult to have a conversation on topics that require some form of a dissertation/presentation. I know PM.com is aware that the community would like these features as it has been brought up before.
I also agree with the language concerns and hope new features will eventually be added to the site. However, I would encourage contributors to leverage the free translation tools that are available (e.g., Google translate). When we do have a posting in another language, I have used these tools with success and believe we should encourage their use.
So, in summary, we should encourage users to post in English (via translation tools), or they can post in their native language and we can reply in kind. Either way, this is an international community, and we need insight from all!
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