This is now a wiki = please feel free to correct my errors/assumptions & add details
Mate - almost poetic in it’s inclusiveness! Yep SNAFU I’d say.
XR is a work in progress. As you say, given time & energy constraints as volunteers, it is a pretty good achievement so far. Pandemic will test us even further.
I really appreciated that your briefing paper documents a wide range of issues & solutions.
Paper prepared for: 29 Jan 2020 meeting in Castlemaine to discuss: National SOS working group & a wide ranging discussion of organizational contacts, structural functions, and issues
I’ve taken the liberty to upload your document to the national XR cloud file storage - Yet another opensource service managed by the National IT team.
You can find it in this data path (see ReadMe.txt as well)…
Are there any follow up minutes @Bill ?
I’ll digest your thoughts further and will try editing with track changes or comment here if I encounter problems (nextCloud Aus dosen’t implement “Work Spaces” & Teams seem to have issues as well)
Regarding the topic of this thread - categories I feel creating an ontology of rebellion or taxonomy of topics & teams might be a useful, but difficult, task.
Some details/suggestions gleaned from: Best way to organise Groups, Categories and SubCategories on Discourse
- two-level hierarchy.
- top level (category) and one sub-level (sub-cateogory)
- Organise by subject Tags
- Currently organised by regional structure (Groups/permissions)
- Admins can see everything in discourse. So action planning can not be done secretly (NB action planning shouldn’t be done on these platforms - signal,telegram etc for that)
Define Scope of work
- regional level
- Affinity groups
- SOS groups
- National level
XR lingo & services are confusing
Three Team Chat & Forum discussion areas
MatterMost In the moment team chat Global organise.earth; The Base, Global forum as knowledge-base base.organise.earth & Base Australian Branch forum as knowledge-base baseausrebellion.earth
Although files can be attached there is no file management or group editing functionality in these discussion platforms (that I know of)
Two cloud file storage & group editing options
Australian Branch NextCloud
Global Extinction Rebellion - cloud.organise.earth
Channels & Teams
Mattermost uses these terms, yet Discourse uses Spaces and Teams but AusBase uses the term Groups for Spaces
who is who?
- The other perpetual problem is that a lot of rebels have anonymous like names & sometimes a nom de plume on one platform is different to that on another platform
XR has a philosophy of using open source software; which is free - think of “free speech,” not “free beer.”. Free as in freedom, not as in beer..
Offering commercial support and hosting provides an income stream for many opensource communities. WordPress, MatterMost, Discourse & NextCloud operate this business model. XR generally installs source code of these opensource projects [GitHub etc] on their own servers so pay no fees but get no support other than that offered by the projects documentation & community or other geek bloggers, coding forums etc.
A way forward
I imagine all the channels & users & teams are tables within the PostgreSQL Database’s of both global services MatterMost and The Base likewise the database of Base Australian Branch
Table indexes would make the basis of something like a site map leading on to the holy grail of an ontology of rebellion. Both international ITC admin & Aus National teams may need help with such a project.This is now a wiki = please feel free to correct my errors/assumptions & add details