Nov 3 – 5, 2023
Riga, Latvia
Europe/Riga timezone

Ubuntu Hideout: Successful Community Building Insights

Nov 4, 2023, 3:00 PM
Sigma – Talks (Radisson Blu Latvija)

Sigma – Talks

Radisson Blu Latvija

Talk (25 Minutes) Community


ByteCommander - (he/they)
Ubuntu Hideout Discord Community
David Nunes
Ubuntu Hideout Discord server and community


Ubuntu Hideout ( is an unofficial and independent community on Discord, which was founded in 2017 and hosts around 16,000 members nowadays, who are enthusiastic about Ubuntu, Linux, open source and chatting about technology in general.

We would like to present our community and inform you about who we are, how you can find and join us, what topics and formats we focus on and how you can engage with us and our members.
Additionally, we talk about our past growth and challenges as well as plans for the future.

Drawing from this experience of running a large open community, we want to share our insights about community building with you.
This includes the question why we need active and well organized communities in general, but also helpful points about knowing your audience well and how to keep people engaged.
Important considerations about different moderation approaches and about how to select and deal with the platform your community lives on will round up the topic with some helpful practical suggestions for getting started with your own or supporting other communities.

Lastly, if you have any interesting topics with which you would like to reach out to a broader audience, if you want to collaborate with us and our members on some projects or if you have your own community and are looking for partnerships, we would love to hear from you!
You can reach out using a staff ticket directly in our Discord server or via email to

Session author's bio

Using the online name ByteCommander on most platforms, I am the founder of the Ubuntu Hideout Discord Community and also an elected Ask Ubuntu Community Moderator. As a long-term enthusiast for Linux, open source, and the Ubuntu community specifically, I love to engage with like-minded people and support the greater good we can create together.

Offline I live in Germany and work as a DevOps Engineer, dealing mainly with topics around Kubernetes and the Cloud.

Using the handle Zucce05 (Zeus-oh-five) I am an admin on the Ubuntu Hideout Discord Community. I have worked in many tech fields, including for U.S. defense contractors and the private sector. I enjoy technology and engaging with experienced and new enthusiasts alike. Simplifying technology and fostering a welcoming environment for all knowledge and skill levels is my goal in every interaction.

I live in the Western United States and currently work as a developer shifting on-premises software to the Cloud. I have a wonderful wife and two fantastic children.

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