An interesting debate on the purpose and "how" of steem communities.

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I've been part of the @ocd community for a few weeks now and after I couldn't make a post using the [beta.steemit.com] page but could on steemit.com, I stopped using the community page to post content but rather used the main steemit webpage and linked back (at least I thought I did) using the hive-174578 tag.

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However, as you can see below comparing both pages, of my steemit profile on steemit.com and beta.steemit.com, the newer posts are not found on the beta.steemit.com page. Depending on how you view it, this might have also meant less viewership as the purpose of a community is to pull like minded individuals together who by definition will be more likely to view one another's content.

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beta.steemit version neweest post was 21 days ago!

Luckily, @focusnow has a great post on using steem communities, that solves this problem (infact I am using lessons from his post to create this post on beta.steemit.com) and I think almost any one new to steem or its communities will benefit from reading it.

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steemit.com newest post was 5 days ago.

@crypto.piotr also started a more general discussion on steem communities which I responded to and hope more people will do the same.

My thinking on steem communities is that they can be a great resource for organizing content available on the steem network while also allowing for more efficient curation. However, censoring who gets in or which content is seen should be a no-no. Yet the argument for preventing spam is also important. How do we avoid censorship while still allowing for organic and purposeful growth of the communities. Is the steem downvoting mechanism enough? Please read the posts and leave your own 2cents.

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However, censoring who gets in or which content is seen should be a no-no.

I actually kinda disagree with this sentiment. I think it should be up to whoever created the community to determine which posts are allowed. Much like how subreddits on Reddit currently work.

That way, me and a group of mods can control my niche community the way I want to. If you or anyone else don't like how I moderate, you're able to form your own community under your own rules.

Truth be told, I'm not anti-censorship. I'm anti-establishment-censorship, as in, I don't like it when large powerful faceless organizations believe they should censor public discourse. But, when it comes down to the people choosing what they want to see & filtering things out in their own spaces, I'm for that. That's how we get diverse & varied content across a decentralized network.

( For example, I like to keep my communities rather open & censorship-free. But I also support those who want more regulated areas, or those who want spaces to stick to particular topics, etc. )

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I see your point on this and I also see the gray line you are walking - I want to dictate who enters my house but I really have no right to dictate who uses public spaces. The challenge however is where you place communities on steemit - your (owner of the community) house or a public space. My intuition is that it is neither but somewhere in between which is why this is both an interesting and complicated debate at the same time. It will be great to hear other views on this. @acidyo?

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