Staff are able to easily & directly communicate with individual users, and engage in normal discussions, because it’s a small community. The larger the community, the harder this is to do.
Regarding non-staff engagement, you start to have a wider variety of posts (like @HoldBaker mentioned).
Realistically, the larger the forum community becomes the more posts may try to appeal to a wider audience.
While more people may be comfortable in knowing that there’s content that appeals to them, you lose a bit of the “tight knit community” feeling because of the different directions people are pulling the Forum in. Not necessarily a bad thing, because you can still have a strong community, it’s just different to what it is currently.
Memes are easy to read and subsequently like (or pretend that there’s a dislike button). Replies are also much easier, since a lot of them are in and of themselves a meme.
I’ve considered making it so brand new accounts can’t have their first posts be in #community-lounge:memes, but this isn’t something we’ve actually gone forward with doing atm and was really just me spitballing ideas.
It’s a mix of both new accounts and older accounts that post exclusively in #community-lounge:memes anyways, and I enjoy the occasional meme from either group. It’s more of trying to figure out how much emphasis there should be on SDG-specific content before community-specific content.
It’s definitely easier to keep something relevant, useful, and active. Sometimes things feel too niche, and in some cases it’s easier to either combine communities, or to broaden the community, than to reconsider what the community should be about/for.