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The Deadly Cupcakes discussion forum (http://www.deadlycupcakes.org/forums
) supports an online community of World of Warcraft players. Members can play from anywhere; hence the need for an online rather than physical community. Rather than convening around food or physical activity, the forums build a sense of community by sharing images and animated gifs, jokes, and humorous themes such as stereotypes of Canadians, high fives, or penguins. (Levels of “political correctness” vary widely by discussion.)
Space: This forum runs on open source software which a volunteer member hosts and maintains. It’s a message board divided into categories, with both public and private (e.g. for individual raid groups) categories. Within categories, discussions are divided into threads. Users with new questions or ideas may start new threads, but will most often add their remarks to an existing thread.
Projects: Projects include raid groups working to kill Gul’dan, groups forming to earn in-game mounts or pets, and individual goals such as improving WoW gameplay, building a personal computer, or investing in charity.
Passion: Ideas arise from playing World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, sometimes as indirectly as in an ongoing pun competition.
Peers: Those who feel able and eager to act as mentors do so; one player commented on learning from that experience. Because the forums’ members share a common play style, advice here may be more pertinent than that on global WoW web sites. There are several mentors who have and regularly share real expertise.
Values: “Don’t be a jerk” is an unwritten rule. Interactions on the forums may take the form of friendly rivalry, a desire to share topics of interest, requests for information or advice, or organizing groups. Peace is maintained more by avoiding controversial topics than by discussing them, though individuals’ assumptions or attitudes may be challenged in minor ways.