I'm frequently involved in debates about the skillset that best embodies a successful online community manager.
How do you define their responsibility and what experiences are most valuable therein?
At what point to you believe the role of a community manager crosses the boundary of the on-site community and steps into the role of SEO, social networker, and evangelist?
In response to Matt's answer:
I suppose what I'm trying to work out is that while a community serves many purposes; it should strive to accomplish 3 (primarily): 1. Acquire new customers/users 2. Support and retain existing users 3. Extend a brand beyond the realms of its product/service and beyond the confines of its domain
I think too many communities are simply message boards/forums put up by companies who want to play a role in the social evolution of the web. To make the communities appear innovative they incorporate twitter (or perhaps as much as a page of tweets).
So, what skill set can help evolve that half-baked community into a thriving discussion related to your business and a social environment in which users and employees can connect?
Don't take this the wrong way because I agree with your assessment but I believe that defines the person capable of supporting that simple community in which someone needs to engage and respond. What about extending that community into other networks, creating viral content to drive engagement, architecting (SEO) content and structure for the community that fosters participation as well as prominent placement in search.