Hi @matt5834! I’m happy to assist you with some of these things this week. The Gallery function is fairly easy when walked through in person.
Re: Community… it’s not something you can “pre-build”… even in Discourse. You have to build it WITH the community as they join.
You’ve already added some AMAZING content to the discourse site. My suggestion is to make MOST of it at the launch of your community hidden, then reveal access over time. You might want to make some of it available at launch, but think about what your community really needs to see before jumping into the course. Module outlines and descriptions are often enough at the outset. There are some discourse tricks to help facilitate this, such as have Category view be the default view at community launch.
The biggest thing I learned about Discourse communities when running it and launching PWYM 2.0 was from the LCL folks who organized their community at the beginning around four core action verbs: Ask, Meet, Share, & Play, with Meet featured at the top. All other categories emerged throughout the course in response to the community. We launched PWYM 2.0 with the Meet category and one topic - Introduce Yourself! In that post, we asked people to reply introducing themselves, to add themselves to the community ZeeMap, and to create or join a topic around an area of interest as a means of what @vanessa calls “finding your crew.” About a week+ in, we had so many user generated topics that we went through them and grouped them into subcategories, and updated the Introduce Yourself post.
It’s probably important to note that we launched our PWYM community to an eager queue of ~8,000 people, of which ~1200 people signed up. We had a critical mass of people on the FRONT of the funnel into PWYM. I’m not sure what your initial “funnel pressure” is or will be for YCIW. I’d love to chat more about ways of developing and building community from the start to communities with different levels of initial funnel pressure. There’s a research study in there.
Happy to help and continue the discussions…