I think these features are important in assessing an online community:
Communication between all participants (some participants may not communicate much while others have a lot to say, this doesn’t mean the ones who do not communicate much are less important members of the community).
All members of the community are equal and share information and responsibilities.
All members of the community have something in common: this is why they are part of the community. In this course we all want to be better at facilitating online communities so we are practising our facilitating and learning new technologies to help us be great online facilitators.
Community members give each other advice and help each other to solve problems.
Online community members need to be willing to explore the online world and experiment with new technologies (the sharing of ideas and technology are the factors which make the online group a community).
A community does not appear instantly it takes time for members to get to know each other & converse and share thoughts and ideas freely.