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Why you should create a community mission statement

Why it's important to have a clear definition of your community and its purpose.

If you don’t have a specific understanding of the value and focus of your community, you can’t expect your commenters to intuit it (or they’ll define it for you, and that’s probably not a gamble you want to take.) By defining the purpose and kinds of behavior you expect, you are setting up a framework for all future decisions surrounding on-site engagement.