Many online community sites have been created in recent years to better harness the information sharing power of the Internet, calling on community members to provide both content and commentary. Unfortunately, relatively few have prospered in the nebulous web environment. Some communities lacked momentum and could not draw in enough members. Perhaps more tragically, however, many were unable to maintain their community environment once initial success brought flocks of new members from all corners of the web. This paper provides a small collection of patterns on how to implement community design that better supports optimal collaboration, cohesiveness, and enjoyment in large, collaborative online communities.

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Conference 10th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, EuroPLoP 2005
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Whitworth, E. (Elizabeth), & Biddle, R. (2005). Share and enjoy! Patterns for successful knowledge sharing in large online communities. Presented at the 10th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, EuroPLoP 2005.