Communities connect people around common interests. Healthy communities enforce accountability for logic, honesty, and courtesy, which promotes an environment of learning and trust. The advent of the Internet helped communities grow by enabling them to better enforce this accountability, bridge time and space, and make information easier to retrieve. These communities – bulletin boards, discussion groups, and forums – created the Internet's first marketplace of ideas.
As more of our time shifted online, large companies bought our attention through online advertising and sponsored content. Internet platforms funded their growth by selling inventory that previously went to small publishers, organic content, and communities. Today, the Internet is full of noise. Sponsors compete with each other for our attention and drown out non-sponsored content, making it difficult to know who or what to trust.
Forums are the Internet's oldest and best-moderated communities. More than three decades after The WELL, forums continue to connect people, create valuable knowledge, and build trust. They are also our blueprint for rewiring the Internet: By curating quality information in forums, we are building a model for curating quality information across the entire Internet. We want to elevate discourse that is trustworthy, thoughtful, and respectful, and bring back an Internet that connects us to each other through communities of learning and trust.
By using our services, you are helping us build a platform that prioritizes community, learning, and trust. We are committed to design our platform to support your forum's growth, reinforce your brand, and respect your members. Drop us a line if you'd like to learn more.