Revisiting the definition of "community"

One of the most popular posts on this blog has been the ongoing debate about how to “define community“. Apparently after a year of discussion people are still talking about it. Mohamed has collected a ton of various definitions from a variety of sources.

To be honest, after reading that entire list, I’m still quite pleased with my original definition. Perhaps this is because it’s mine, perhaps it’s because it best represents how I think. Take a look at Hohamed’s list and let me know what which one you can latch onto the easiest. Here’s a refresher for my definition:

A community is a group of people who form relationships over time by interacting regularly around shared experiences, which are of interest to all of them for varying individual reasons.

What do you think? How do you define community?

(And yes, I know I’m rehashing an unanswerable question, but it’s an absolutely fascinating discussion!)


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