Spectrum is a new platform for you to join, start and build online communities.
I've used this to join styled components and Figma communities and It's been much better than alternatives. Only it needs to polish the product a bit more.Pros:
It's so organized - One feed, one account, one inbox - Indexable for future readers - Conversations are alive for everCons:
Do better with notifications - Edit messages - Suggest other similar threads both when creating a new one and when you've chatted in one
I've been using Spectrum for several months now, since Alpha. The team has really taken the time to listen to what these early users have had to say and improve the platform as a whole.
I think this truly solves a big issue for those people trying to manage a community. It also makes participating in community discussions a way more intuitive and user-friendly process. One account, one inbox.Pros:
The organization of it all is top class. The team has really put thought into these interactions, & the pain points of managing a community.Cons:
Mobile could be better. Notifications can be a little confusing at time. Both of these things I'm confident the team will address in time.
Spectrum is awesome. It's like what everyone wishes social networks would be, but can never find because they are too individually centered. I have high hopes for this platform.Pros:
I love the "community over individual" nature of the platform.Cons:
Faster, more predictable editor.
It's community focused, unlike Slack. I really like that. It is still early and there is definitely some polish that needs to come: API and other integrations, reactions and/or emojis are yet to exist, configuration, roles/user management, etc.
Also the pay model is interesting. $100/1000 users/month. That's quite expensive if you assume a lot of communities have next to zero income, and the income they do have should be for other things. I like the idea of paying $5/$10 as a user to gain access to certain features and I really hope they shift to more of that kind of model.Pros:
Good UI, Lots of potentialCons:
Pay model is weird.
I've been using Spectrum for the past couple of months and it's been a great way to engage with communities that I'm not only heavily involved but also casually interested in.
Definitely check it out if you haven't all ready.Pros:
The platform is organized, fast, and has a really great emphasis on discoverability and engagement.Cons:
Currently there is no mobile app.
Mostly tech related communities exist right now. The experience is like a well-executed mashup of Reddit, Slack and Twitter.Pros:
Excellent UX/UI. Pretty good selection of well-populated communities already. Uncomplicated.Cons:
Not sure it's going to displace Slack or Reddit just yet...
I have tried it and I like it, it offers many opportunities to contact people of your sector and interests.Pros:
Good design work. The idea of converting the old-fashioned "forums" into "spectrum" is a good evolution.Cons:
Tip: The community finder would make it wider and more social, so you can see the communities in cards.
Explored this product as a potential future option for our open source community. However, it was lack luster and underbaked. We currently use Slack and can't find any reason to explore Spectrum beyond my initial investigation.Pros:
-Accounts created with big three sign-on integrations (Twitter, Facebook, Google)Cons:
- The user journey for exploring communities is wack
- The UX for topics and threads is underwhelming and irritating
I've been using the website and following github project for a while. I strong believe this product will replace the stack overflow someday. Keep the good work guys :DPros:
Good idea, easy to follow many useful threads and well organized than OverflowCons:
The design and navigation still quite complicated, give the website some space to breathe would be better