The author is describing how to build a community that you can sell, not how to build a community whose netizens enjoy being part of.
Some stories about devs who made a living by building their idea or people who learned to code to do their thing. An alternative to the whole VC backed big selling start-ups.
Now it seems to be filled with some kind of strange side-hustle people who want to make a quick "passive" buck :/
Computer games: nerdy/uncool -> cool/dominated by passionate developers -> corporate money-making conveyor-belt development & profits > quality
Gay communities: pariahs -> cool place to live/college students -> money-making developments, gentrification & profits > communal destruction
SV, Portland and Seattle have also been described this way. Online communities as well.
Instead, I feel it would have been more interesting to see an article like this about running a forum or social media site akin to Twitter or Reddit. A site where you can't just fall back on the efforts of one person where you struggle, and where the users are front and centre with their work being key to the site's success.
We had a meetup in NYC this past summer with Channing and a few of the others that were local like Zack from CodeforCash and Cory from OppsDaily