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Three core traits that make a community great.

Three core traits that make a community great.

· Andrew Boon
The following three "tricks" took me 17 years to discover, but it will only take you 5 minutes to learn. Your understanding of what makes a community tick will be better forever. These fundamental principles apply to building a thriving community, regardless of what technology or medium you choose. I know because we failed in every one of them many times over. And from failure, you learn.    Focus on Just One Thing A community is a group of people united by a common trait, need, interest or preference. Importantly, it includes notions of belonging and exclusivity. A strong community requires unity. Unity is formed when the common purpose is distinct, undiluted and constantly reinforced.
Feature-final UNA 9 Release Candidate is available for download.

Feature-final UNA 9 Release Candidate is available for download.

· Andrew Boon
Finally, we have the v9 package with all the planned improvements in place. From this point and up to the final release we will not be adding any new features, concentrating on making everything 100% production-ready, fixing any problematic issues and improving performance. In other words, the final v9 release is coming very soon!   UNA 9.0.0 RC-1 If you're running a Beta5 and have automatic updates turned on, the RC-1 will be applied to your site automagically.  Geeks among you may jump right to the UNA release page at Github for the downloadable packages and referenced list of changes. The v9rc adds a long list of improvements, including some very exciting and substantial new features
The power of taking people on a mystery journey.

The power of taking people on a mystery journey.

· Andrew Boon
When you are only starting your online community, you can't offer a perfectly smooth experience or a large established base of people to network with. Your journey is only starting, and it is obvious. What to do? Take people on your journey! Over the last two months, we have made some (baby) steps towards promoting UNA.io, with mixed success. Some things didn't bring any benefit, some worked, and a few worked exceptionally well. As promised in the first "Operation 1 million real members" post, you get to know everything.   Getting the first inbound links. When you open your site for the world to see, nobody is going to come just because it's there. We know our platform is the best system
UNA 9 BETA 4 Released. Nearly feature-final!

UNA 9 BETA 4 Released. Nearly feature-final!

· Andrew Boon
The fourth (and likely the final) beta of UNA 9 is, to put it mildly, extraordinary. Whole new modules, new features, core improvements and big-fixes in this update could easily justify a whole new version release. There is a lot! It is downloadable, upgradable and available now. UNA v.9.0.0-B4 (beta 4) Significant changes: Polls module Files module Stripe Connect module Social Engine migration module "Mark as featured" functionality New "Protean" Template style mixes Email notification for friend request Default storage engine selection Views engine improvements: views count and list of viewers Events: reminders Events: timeline post and browsing unit layout update Events: n