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Give It To Me Raw v2.0

Dirty name, pure intentions...

Give it to me Raw / a better, healthier, sexier, friendlier community for people who love Raw Food.

The Story
Once upon a time a young and passionate boy from Delaware got very excited about the world of raw foods. So excited that he decided to Google the words "raw food community" and join the first few online communities he found. The young lad figured he could get recipe tips, find support and meet wonderful friendly people who could provide insights on his health journeys. Oh how the future was bright....

But then one day...

The Challenge
If you've ever visited a raw food board or online community (with the exception of Gone Raw), you know how the story ends. Bad user experience, bad design, bad organization and a few bad apples who have nothing better to do than just hound people all day about the stupidest things. Like whether or not cacao is a conspiracy or why fruitarians are superior or why people are hypocrites if they have regular jobs and don't live on a fruit farm in Maui.

Damn people, where is the love? This isn't the raw food community that I fell in love with and if it is, I don't want to be a part of it. Where do the cool kids hang out? Where do all the truly healthy people hang out? Where do the people who have the courage to be honest hang out?

That's where I want to be. That's who I want to meet.

The Opportunity
We Like It Raw has been so much fun, but besides comments, there are few ways of 1) interacting with readers and 2) getting cool readers to meet one another. We tried to do it with things like Reader Profiles and then a Facebook Group, but we always knew those solutions were placeholders.

When twitter came along we got super excited. Especially because it was simple and instantaneous. And it really helped that cool people like Heidi and JS were on the twitter wagon too - they totally helped grow a strong community by pimping it on their blog. But as wonderful as twitter is, it doesn't have all the features of a community and it isn't meant for raw foodies.

Finally we stumbled on an open source platform that our dboost development team could customize enough to call our own yours. A few weeks later we had Give it to me Raw.

Our Promise

So far the site has been live for less than 5 days and we have over 300 quality members. We couldn't be more excited that so many new and old faces are signing up. And to see people join the site that have never joined any social network site is just so fantastic. Thank you guys so much, it really means a lot to us that you have faith in the space.

On that note - this is just the beginning. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and we're going to work as fast as possible to keep up with all the suggestions and fixes. We can't promise we'll get around to everyone's ideas, but we can promise that we'll at least hear everyone out.

We can also promise a few more things...

  • We won't tolerate bad apples: This is 80% of the reason why people hate online communities. We just won't put up with it on our your site. Act a fool and we'll kick you out like Bill Maher did this fellow.

  • We will encourage connection: Part of having a successful community is having ambassadors encourage conversation. Every member of the WLIR Squad has been given different areas of the site to nurture. Nirav with the groups, Mihir with the forums and so on. Every week we'll also send out a "best of" digest which includes a few people you should meet and some great discussions you might have missed. The goal isn't to grow the site, the goal is to connect amazing people and encourage healthy conversation.

  • We will always respect you and your space: No random ads and no selling of your information to the highest bidder. Sounds basic, but you'd be surprised how many sites you're part of that don't fully respect your space. We always will.

Lastly, we promise never to forget that this is YOUR community and not ours. Thanks so much for being a part of it, creating it and honoring us with the responsibility of taking care of it.

Much love from the entire We Like It Raw Squad.

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