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Knowledge/Skills Learning vs. Gaming Community
2 points by hccbc 49 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 1 comment
I had a wild idea...

I've been involved with a small handful of online communities, including gaming communities. Some of them were sustainable, others weren't. But each time there was a limit to what could be done based on the community member's drive, and willingness to "work" on a game instead of "play" it.

So that's where my wild idea came in. Many IT Professionals were introduced to the field early in through gaming, and similar hobbyist activities. Some folks are simply end-users, while others have a drive to contribute to a greater goal (whether community, learning a skill, technical experience, etc).

These thoughts coupled with my personal experiences of transitioning from hobbyist to professional, lead me to an interesting idea.

What if a Gaming community was formed with the intention of sharing skills, knowledge, and learning experiences amongst its members. Rather than focusing on the Gaming, and learning individual topics at a per-need basis, this sort of community might take the opposite approach. Instead, maybe spend a week or month learning about a specific tool, product, software, language, etc.. After which, have an open discussion about how the recently learned topic could be applied to the Gaming Community, or personal goals.

What is the consensus on this kind of community? Do you think it might gain traction, or crash and burn? Would this be something you might be interested in getting involved with? Should I delete this post and feed bad about sharing it with you? If you think this is a decent idea, do you have any suggestions of where to look for these sort of people outside of the general gaming audiences?

Feel free to answer as critically as you'd like.

Thanks for reading.. (Wrote this between a few tasks, so there may be some typo's or grammatical errors.)

Now time for my personal opinion (because i reached the character limit):

I feel like the gaming community has evolved a bit over the years, and gamers are less inclined to want to learn how and why things work, and how to actually utilize a computer as a functional tool. There are certainly exceptions to this (modders, those inclined to host local servers, etc), but the general consensus appears to be to just "use" the computer as a toy.

I was able to transition from hospitality service to the IT field a very long time ago, and I relied solely on my charm and good looks to get the job. (Just kidding..) I relied solely on my learning experiences and people management skills I gathered during my hobbyist activities on my computer (gaming, managing a gaming clan, moderating forums, etc). I was lucky enough to find an employer that respected this enough to get my foot in the door.

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