Ning Stackathon project
From [[http://cpsquare.org CPsquare]], the community of practice on communities of practice.
During this stackathon we'll gather profiles and portraits of as many living Ning-based or Ning-supported communities as possible. As we stack these communities up, we'll discover new hacks that could make any of them more effective, sustainable, and fun. (And those hacks are probably relevant to simpler or more elaborate platforms than Ning, too!)
We will try to be somewhat systematic in describing how Ning is configured for each community and how Ning fits in the community's digital habitat. We'll pay attention to the ongoing role of leadership, facilitation, and technology stewardship. That means understanding what the community is about, what kinds of activities are typical, and what other tools a community uses in each community. Understanding that would give us a better idea of how and when to recommend Ning. Our stack will also suggest many possible methods that one community could borrow from another (including the use of auxiliary tools, plug-ins, themes, membership restrictions, etc., etc.).
During the stackathon (which runs from March 2012 to April 2013) we'll have occasional discussions in CPsquare's Web Crossing site (password required: for CPsquare members and people registered for the Stackathon), we'll collect ideas in various Google Docs, we may have teleconferences, and we will collect some of our insights here on CPsquare's Media Wiki site. It all depends on what people want to do and are willing to do.
Participate in the Stackathon by joining CPsquare or by registering for the Stackathon here (costs $10). Any Stackathon registrant who contributes a full community portrait gets their registration fee refunded and they receive a CPsquare membership during the last 6-months of the Ning Stackathon.