It's nice to be here!
Hello, fellow humans! My name is Juan M and I’ve served as the Community Manager of Stack Overflow en español as well as the Manager for the International Stack Overflow communities. I realize that many of you have never heard of me or my roles at Stack Overflow and that’s likely due to the fact that I’ve spent the majority of my time contained within the International Stack Overflow communities and overseeing their needs. However, those days of multilingual confinement have come to an end and my box has been opened so that I can peruse the rest of the SE network.
That being said, it is my privilege to announce that the company has decided to dedicate me to work on the entire Stack Exchange network including the International Stack Overflow sites. It’s time to bring both branches of our communities together! The International Stack Overflow sites have always been a cherished part of our network and we are going to formalize their position in the network. This union requires that we open up more space for Community Managers to enter the arena and provide support to our members. This also means that in the coming months, I’ll have an opportunity to get to know more of you! So, you may ask, what does this mean for the community members? That’s a great question...
How Will This Work?
I’ll be running a small team of two or three Community Managers who will help me to identify areas of need where we can improve organically. My team and I will scour the network and look for areas where engagement and energy can be increased. To engage our community members, we need to find ways to involve and reinvigorate people who have joined us and continue to participate in any one of our sites. This of course, looks very different from site to site, but the goal will remain to bring meaningful content to every person who logs in while maintaining the quality standards we’ve set. Energizing communities will involve bringing more eyes to our sites, primarily on the Metas of each of the communities. We won’t be able to solve every problem presented to us but we will have a dedicated team looking at these problems, not as isolated instances, but as network-wide issues. We need to find ways to create perpetual motion using our members’ knowledge base and friendly dispositions to encourage maturity and expansion.
But, as you know, we have a lot of sites! This is going to take some time as we sort, categorize, and begin to work with the communities to improve and uncover the untapped awesomeness there. More updates to come!
I believe that our network is second to none and that the quality of members we have here is unmatched. We’ve known of the need to give our Stack Exchange network some love and this is a positive step in that direction. Let’s continue to connect each other to great information and great people!
In the Meantime...
I’d like to know which sites you think we should look at first - what sites make you feel like they could hit a much higher potential with a little more help from us? Do you have some hunches, or evidence of larger communities we might be able to attract? As mentioned, we’re going to start categorizing and breaking down the network into manageable chunks. So, where would you recommend we begin to carve the turkey?