I first joined Virtual Coffee sometime in April 2020.
It's my favourite community. It was created by one of my now good friends, Bekah Hawrot Weigel (@bekahhw).
It's weird. Before the pandemic, I had no Internet friends, just good old irl friends. The pandemic changed that for me.
I'm always in the community Slack, but you can usually find me at the Thursday Zoom call and occasionally the Tuesday one too.
The community has exploded in popularity. Given that it's all run by volunteers, we've had to slow down new members to offer an excellent experience for everyone. Having said that, if you are interested, I have some invites. If you're interested in joining the community, please reply in the comments with a short message on why you'd like to join.
I was mainly a lurker here initially, but I am more active in the OpenSauced community now. What brought me here was Brian Douglas, a.k.a. @bdougieyo. Brian used to work at GitHub and is a big proponent of open source, as am I. I like what the community and he are doing around building a new product, OpenSauced.
It's now a business, but this community is more than a business. It's a great place to dive into open source with supportive people like @brandontroberts. I've contributed a bit to the project and plan to contribute more.
If you're interested in getting into open source, look as far as OpenSauced.
Yes, I'm plugging my own community. Not because it's necessarily the best community out there, but because I'm enjoying building out this community.
It's still early days, but I'm learning more about Discord. Looking at you Discord bots! After shutting down the VSCodeTips community, I decided to embark on this community as it ties to another implicit community of mine, my Twitch and YouTube channels.
If you're looking for another friendly nook on the Internet, come say hey in our community.
Community fatigue is real. I'm in more Discord and Slack communities than mentioned above, but I'm less active or barely active in them. Some are for conferences or projects I've been involved in, but honestly, there are only so many hours in the day.
I mention this in case you feel pressured to participate in many communities. It's OK to be a lurker or to interact infrequently.