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  •  I think you're referring to a small active... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...subset of the entire membership. Many would see them as a clique.  If you want to know who a lot of them are, just look at Top Comments.  It's the same names over and over, often just for saying "Great diary" or some such. I suppose you can call that a community if you choose.  Then many have left, seeing no community here or a community the opposite of what you describe.

    And this is just off the top of my head.  You see the difficulties you can get into here.

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    by dov12348 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28:45 AM PST

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    •  Both extremes exist (7+ / 0-)

      but I think perhaps you underestimate the size of the subset that is active but not superstars.  I surf this site a couple of hours a day for many years now, comment often, and because I almost never fight with anybody and distribute a lot of recs I have 5 bars of mojo.  But I don't write diaries, don't go to conventions, don't belong to a lot of groups let alone lead them, and in eight years or so I think I've made Top Comments just once.   All those features of community I describe apply to me.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42:16 AM PST

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      •  Say there 6,000 active but not superstars. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's still just 2% of the membership.  Actually I don't know how many are active - one reason being that we'd have to come up with an arbitrary definition of what is "active."

        I suppose you could call this a community in the very loose and rather vague sense that most of us share liberal values...whatever that list is.  But look, for example, at the "gun battles."

        Still problematic to me, although I respect where you're coming from.

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        by dov12348 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:03:31 PM PST

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        •  Be interesting to see stats from Jotter (3+ / 0-)
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          no matter how arbitrary the definition.  

          But back to my original question ... what would need to be present, that is NOT present, to meet an adequate definition of community?

          After all, given the isolating nature of modern life, I may know only 2% of my neighbors in the suburban town where I live.  But it's my community, such as it is.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:11:31 PM PST

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