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Adrian Speyer

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[Community] Should You Enable Downvoting in Your Community?

Posted by Adrian Speyer on May 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

3 minute read

I was recently reading about Facebook testing downvotes on their comments. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s reacted by calling it “flattery”. Some people may not know this, but Vanilla has had a downvote feature since 2012. It’s part of our reaction system. The following is a screenshot of some of our reactions (14 customizable in all):

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Topics: Community

[Community] How We Grew Engagement In Our Internal Community by 1,000%

Posted by Adrian Speyer on May 1, 2018 8:03:18 AM

4 minute read


Recently we have seen some amazing engagement results with our own internal community. We thought it would be interesting to share how we made it happen and how you can do the same for your company.

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Topics: Community, Product

[Product] New Vanilla Feature - Category Following

Posted by Adrian Speyer on Apr 18, 2018 8:18:00 AM

2 minute read

Recently we released version 2.6 of our platform. Not only were there a few improvements and fixes that were included, but also a cool little feature we call Category Following, of which I shall go in more detail in this blog post.

What is Category Following?

When online communities grow, you begin to have numerous categories or a category can become so distinct, it becomes a community of its own. How can we solve this? This is where Category Following can become helpful.  Here are just some of the benefits:

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Topics: Product

[Community] Let's Build Better Communities Together!

Posted by Adrian Speyer on Feb 2, 2018 2:28:50 PM

2 minute read

Howdy Friends!

Today marks a new day for my career with Vanilla Forums and I can’t wait to share the news with all of you. I’ve just had the distinct pleasure of being promoted to Head of Community and Evangelism!

It's certainly an exciting chapter in my life, but what does it mean to you? Well, for starters, it means I now shake off my marketing cloak and devote 100% of my energy to you, the community.

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Topics: Community, News

Four Tips for the Community Manager in Mitosis Phase

Posted by Adrian Speyer on Jul 19, 2017 8:05:49 AM

5 minute read

Starting July 20th, over 150 thousand of the world’s pop-culture and comic fans will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center for the 48th annual Comic-Con (SDCC). Holding several Guinness World Records including the largest annual comic and pop culture festival in the world, it’s also America’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

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Topics: Community, News, Gaming

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