Bitcoin, for some people, is a profession. It won’t really matter where you get your latest Bitcoin news from, most of the sites that talk about the ‘coin will usually share the same news within a few hour time-frame. The real difference can be seen in online communities, otherwise known as forums.
A specifically built forum for the purpose of discussing Bitcoin is going to yield a lot more technical talk, and probably a lot more answers and insights into the whole mining process, and the ecosystem of Bitcoin itself. I suppose it’s easy to distinguish the both, but forums can suck up a lot of your time too, so beware.
Only in the past year or so has Bitcoin really taken off, so a new breed of communities has yet to form and flourish. I know of two that are very popular, and you probably know them already as well, but there are a couple of more that are worth visiting and exploring. Learn from the official guides first, then head over to a Bitcoin community forum to ask questions and see what others are doing to make it work.
In many ways, this is like the official Bitcoin community resource. The forum has been active since 2010, and is now a home for something along the lines of 350,000 users. You can expect to have someone active and engaded in a discussion twenty-four hours a day. It’s not limited to one specific country, and actually has quite a few local communities that you may want to become a part of.
The forum is mainly focused around the topics of mining and economics, bringing together some of the brightest minds in the Bitcoin community, and teaching newcomers what is Bitcoin, and how to best approach it. You’ll also find plenty of guides and tutorials on how to get started with Bitcoin mining, people showing off their ‘gear’ is a common thing.
Reddit has a community for everyone, literally. Including, of course, Bitcoin. The Reddit Bitcoin community has formed quite nicely over the years, and now is home to nearly 150,000 users; out of which, many are daily participants.
It is frequently the home of discussion about the latest eCommerce stores enabling Bitcoin, there have also been several people from the government visit the community; expressing their admiration and support for digital currencies. That, and a lot more.
One of my own personal favorites has been the introduction from Jimmy Wales (Founder of Wikipedia), he also was able to see the potential in this cryptocurrency and was more than willing to learn from some of the most educated minds on Bitcoin. I wish I could say that I saw the potential in the coin’.
You’ll quickly learn that there are a few types of people out there – in the Bitcoin community – and so you’ve to be careful when wording your questions, or ironing out your bugs. Stack Exchange is for those who’re looking to find answers on technical questions (like how to build your own mining pool), or those who want to explore the capabilities of Bitcoin development, particularly in the wallet market.
It definitely isn’t a forgiving community, so try and research what you’re try to solve, simply put – be genuine.
It’s one of those new communities that I was talking about, we’ll probably see a lot more of them in the coming months, but at the same time – we should focus on growing a couple strong ones, before letting more active minds to take part. Bitcoin Forums is all about Bitcoin, how to work with it; how to mine; where to find resources, etc,.
You can expect this forum to be a little bit less of a chaos, and because of that – there are quite a few people who’d rather discuss their problems with a bunch of people, than tens of stereotypes trying to prove they’re right in every occasion.
I realize that this is not a strictly Bitcoin community, but it is nonetheless great for anyone who’s into mining, or cryptocurrencies as a whole. Either way, Bitcoin is the leading digital currency, and most of the time – the comparisons are taken from that very experience.
You can also start your own Bitcoin community on this forum (if you so desire), but you’ll need to get in touch with the staff members and go into more detail about what it is that you want to do.
Bitcoin Communities for Miners
I don’t think there was more to say about these communities. They’re all still developing, and not that Bitcoin is 100% stable anyway. If you’re looking to get started with mining and exploring the different aspects of cryptocurrency, then these forums will definitely be a good start for anyone!
Do you know of any other coin communities that I missed, would you like to see them added here?