This is a different way of looking at Communities that I was previously unaware of. It makes the case that to become a "platform" or to create an active community you first need to build on a dormant or smaller community and build out from there.
Seems quite sensible. The trouble is that when you have a broadly applicable technology it can be hard to focus and develop the kernel that can grow to being a larger community.
The Pyramid of Communities First let’s look at the types of communities. 0. dormant community — every community is dormant until someone flips the switch and makes it an active community. Whether it’s the founders, the members, the… aliens?! The key is to make people connect — without this, the community is a dud.