Discussions are a critical aspect to the success of any online community. With a platform that allows for one to one interaction with like-minded people, that’s where members truly begin to identify with the community.

If a community made up of highly engaged members is a roaring fire, the role of the community manager is to be the spark. Their task is to create the conditions that allow for connections between members to take off, and let the rest run its course.

“You want to aim for that point when your site will be able to run itself,” says Reddit’s former Community Manager Erik Martin. “Even if you are managing a young community where you play the most active role responding to people, the ideal is always to develop other community members as experts who can answer questions and manage threads.”

In this blog, we share 8 topic ideas to help you kick-start discussions…

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