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Community Manager: What Makes Great Community Content?

When we here at Onward State launched our redesign at the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester, we introduced a new feature: Community Content. It was one of my favorite new features–let the community write about whatever they want! Since then, we’ve gotten some great content. Some of my favorites include Sean Goheen’s CATAstrophy, Garrett Miller’s grievances against the Beaver Stadium environment, and our technology manager EPaps’ reasons why ANGEL is terrible.

Recently, however, the Community Content portal has been used almost exclusively for event and club promotion. That’s good and useful to an extent, but too much of it can cause the rest of the Community Content to be drowned out in noise. Having Community Content become the Onward State Free Promotion Corner is bad for the site and bad for the student orgs.

To help alleviate this, it’s important to know that Onward State is looking for people with ideas worth spreading to submit Community Content. It doesn’t matter if you’re the president of the UPUA, a freshman who just started at Penn State a few weeks ago, or a non-student member of the community who has lived in State College for 30 years. All that matters is if you have something interesting to say.

Community Content has a lot of potential to bring great posts to the site. With all of the really cool people in the Penn State community, it’s hard to imagine there being a shortage of ideas, opinions, or comments on everything that goes on (especially now with THON, State Patty’s Day, Movin’ On, and more coming up soon). All we need is you. If you have something you want to submit as Community Content (or if you know someone who has something great to say), head on over to the Submit Content page.

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About the Author

Evan Kalikow

Evan Kalikow co-founded Onward State in November 2008 with Davis Shaver and Eli Glazier. Having previously served as a Writer, Editor, Standards Editor, and Community Manager, Evan is now a proud alumnus of both Onward State and Penn State. He was also named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine in 2006.

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