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Spectrum

Build better communities

4.2/5
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Spectrum is a new platform for you to join, start and build online communities.

Would you recommend this product?
cofounder usenoor.com

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 ever

Cons:

Do better with notifications - Edit messages - Suggest other similar threads both when creating a new one and when you've chatted in one

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Product Designer
Hey, thanks for the review! We're doing our best to stay on top of everything posted in https://spectrum.chat/spectrum/h... and https://spectrum.chat/spectrum/f..., just in case there's anything specific we can help with :) Otherwise - I definitely hear you about notifications, and that's something we're tweaking pretty regularly to try and find a good system that is clear and high signal for people.
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Co-Founder // Primer Co

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.

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Product Designer
Thanks for the feedback Mason!
Student Indie Maker

I'm using Spectrum since few months now and love the friendly community there are on it. Threads are well organized and design is simple

Pros:

Design, friendly community

Cons:

Mobile version can be better

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Product Designer
Mobile experience is a bit rough, I know 😓 We're doing our best with a web app, but native mobile is probably our most-requested feature, so it's top of mind right now. Thanks for the review :)
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Entrepreneur, developer, designer.

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.

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Product Designer
Thanks so much Calvin!
Programmer

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 potential

Cons:

Pay model is weird.

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Product Designer
Thanks for the feedback on the pricing model in particular, this is something we'll be iterating on as we know we don't have it quite right at the moment. We're also exploring other payment models around community-funded communities :)
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Co-founder of GraphCDN
Also, we do have Pro users! For $5/month you get a badge and some extra features 😊 As Brian said, we're still tinkering with our pricing setup.
Product Designer

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.

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Product Designer
Thanks so much Michael, it's be awesome seeing you around Spectrum 😀
Founder, Patron Hunt #CreatorEconomy

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...

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Product Designer
Thanks for the review Kirsten!
Building SaaS infrastructure
It's kind of dead. No update in a year, basically since GitHub took over. Restricted to GitHub accounts only. So its only usable for Dev Communities :(
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Programmer. Designer.

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.

Co-Founder (Also founder) of Nothing

Support open-source projects not these junkz.

Pros:

Nope

Cons:

No selfhosted option

Head of Product, SilverStripe

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

Founder @ advancedweb.dev

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 :D

Pros:

Good idea, easy to follow many useful threads and well organized than Overflow

Cons:

The design and navigation still quite complicated, give the website some space to breathe would be better

I make crazy ideas come to life

Looking forward to see how Spectrum grows itself to compete with platforms like Slack, head on.

Pros:

The reputation feature is unique any other platform I have come across.

Cons:

Notifications and mobile app seem to be missing

Communities revolve around things besides Github, therefore it needs the ability to signup via email, google, facebook, or even linkedin.
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