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I think that you have to consider to a certain extent the kinds of activities that are going to occur within the community. For example, we deal with a number of communities where there is a focus on social curation. In that case, you really need to look at the features the platform offers for collecting content, organizing it, and supporting interactions around that content.

I think the features that you have outlined above are a minimum -- it's hard to imagine a community developing without those features (although for high traffic sites that people visit regularly anyways, notifications may not be as much of an issue). But you may need more than the minimum depending on the nature of the community.

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