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http://pages.e-democracy.org/api.php?action=feedcontributions&user=209.98.138.42&feedformat=atom E-Democracy.org - User contributions [en] 2022-12-04T19:44:13Z User contributions MediaWiki 1.26.2 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Locals_Online&diff=6125 Locals Online 2010-04-21T18:12:16Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Signed, */</p> <hr /> <div>This is the wiki page tied to the proposed [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/locals Locals Online community of practice.] The forum's &quot;launch topic&quot; will generate input into the [[Participation 3.0]] process to gather [[Next Generation Ideas]] for the future of online civic engagement. Related links to the &quot;locals online&quot; fields are at [[social media in local public life]].<br /> <br /> == Draft Invitation ==<br /> ''Please share in a targeted fashion with those most interested.'' <br /> <br /> This is an invitation to join us on Locals Online.<br /> <br /> Do you host a ...<br /> * neighborhood e-mail list? ... <br /> * highly interactive placeblog? ... <br /> * local social network on Ning? ... <br /> * a private Facebook group for nearest neighbors? ... <br /> * a neighborhood parents network online? ...<br /> * a local online community of any kind? <br /> <br /> Then join community builders like you on this new peer-to-peer online group for local online hosts from:<br /> <br /> http://e-democracy.org/locals <br /> <br /> ==Signed,==<br /> '''List of charter members for Locals Online'''<br /> * Steven Clift, [http://e-democracy.org/se Minneapolis Standish Ericsson Neighbors Forum]<br /> * Mark Rauterkus [http://Rauterkus.blogspot.com Running Mates Blog in Pittsburgh, PA, USA] <br /> * Steve Thurston [http://buckinghamheraldtrib.com Buckingham neighborhood and Arlington County news site.]<br /> *Conor White-Sullivan [http://www.localocracy.org/ Localocracy: peer to peer local politics site]<br /> *Kevin Curry [http://barcamp.pbworks.com/CityCamp/ CityCamp] &amp; [http://kingsgrant.ning.com/ neighborhood organizer in Virginia Beach, VA]<br /> *Tim Erickson [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-hm Hamline Midway Neighborhood Forum - E-Democracy.Org] (Launching soon)<br /> <br /> * ADD YOUR NAME, LINK TO YOUR LOCALS SITE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> [[Locals Online long version invite]]</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Building_Your_Own_Website&diff=3975 Building Your Own Website 2008-10-29T02:54:55Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Introduction */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Outreach-Directory}}<br /> <br /> ''This workshop will introduce you to the basics of creating a website, from HTML to content management systems and hosting. We'll show you what to consider when setting up websites large and small.''<br /> <br /> ==Introduction==<br /> The following is an introductory presentation:<br /> * http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=dg7j36tr_155c57x4tcq<br /> <br /> ==Building a Website==<br /> ===Ways to build a dynamic website:===<br /> '''Social networking sites''', such as [http://www.myspace.com MySpace] or [http://www.linkedin.com LinkedIn], are perhaps the easiest way to establish a presence online. These sites allow you to create a profile and make it visible to the world, giving you a very basic webpage with minimal effort. If your goal is to put your personal information online, then this is a good choice. These profile pages are hosted by their respective websites.<br /> <br /> '''Blogging sites''', such as [http://www.blogger.com Blogger] or [http://www.wordpress.com Wordpress], are almost as easy to use as social networking sites. They make it very easy to create “posts,” which are displayed chronologically. While Wordpress in particular can be used to create multi-page websites, blogging sites are best used for creating blogs. That is, if you want to post periodic updates, news stories or journal entries, this is the way to go. Note that blogging websites often offer free hosting as well as the option to use your own.<br /> <br /> '''Point-and-click site builders''' are another easy way to create a small website. [http://www.google.com Google] and [http://www.yahoo.com Yahoo!] both offer them for free, while web hosting companies often offer them bundled with paid hosting. This can be a great way to get a professional-looking website without worrying about the technical aspects. On the other hand, there are usually substantial limits to what you can do without paying. These include limits to the number of pages you can create, as well as limits to storage (disk space), bandwidth (monthly data transfer) and page-views. Still, if you’re creating a small site, this may be the best way to go. Note that these sites may or may not come with free hosting.<br /> <br /> '''More robust content management systems''', such as [http://www.drupal.org Drupal] and [http://www.joomla.org Joomla!] (both of which are open-source), allow you to create professional-grade, fully customizable, dynamic websites with all the bells and whistles. While these platforms are generally easy to use compared to building everything from scratch, the average user may find their learning curves relatively steep. On the other hand, Drupal in particular has strong local and online support networks that can help overcome some of the challenges associated with getting started. Note that these platforms do not come with hosting.<br /> <br /> [http://www.devside.net/server/webdeveloper Web.Developer] is a free way to play with some of these programs on a virtual server hosted on your computer.<br /> <br /> ===Ways to build a static website:===<br /> '''Software applications''' exist that allow you to create static web pages on your computer. Of these, Dreamweaver is the most widely used, while Nvu is an open-source analog. Both programs allow you to design complex websites without knowing any code, although the code generated by these programs is often of poor quality. Note that these programs all require you to find your own hosting.<br /> <br /> '''Writing your own code''' is also an option. HTML is the most basic language used online, although there are a wide variety of languages used. It is important to remember that manual coding is generally not worth the effort for an entire website, although it is also important to be able to tell good code from bad.<br /> <br /> ===Hosting and Domain Names:===<br /> '''Hosting''' encompasses the means through which your website and associated files are stored and distributed online. Small websites can often get by with free hosting, while larger websites often require paid hosting. Two important things to consider with hosting are disk space (the total size of the stuff being hosted) and bandwidth (the total amount of data transferred to or from the hosting service in a month).<br /> <br /> '''Domain names''' are (for our purposes) the yourname.com portion of a website. Using en.wikipedia.org as an example, wikipedia.org would commonly be considered the domain, while en would be considered a subdomain. Free hosting services typically place your website on a subdomain of a larger website owned by the hosting service (as in yourname.blogger.com), although you often have the option of getting your own domain (as in yourname.com). Paid hosting services typically require you to get your own domain.<br /> <br /> <br /> ==Examples and Applications==<br /> ===[http://www.blogger.com Blogger]===<br /> * Very easy way to get a blog.<br /> * Not always a great way to get a website.<br /> <br /> ===Site Builders===<br /> * Very easy way to get a small, low-traffic site for free.<br /> * [http://pages.google.com/ Google Page Creator]<br /> * [http://geocities.yahoo.com/home/ Yahoo! GeoCities]<br /> * (Note that better services than these two probably exist.)<br /> <br /> ===[http://www.e-democracy.org E-Democracy.org]===<br /> * Note that every subdomain is a different web app: forums, wiki, blog.<br /> * Note the embedded video widget on the [[St Paul Election 2007]] page.<br /> <br /> ===WordPress===<br /> * WordPress is a CMS for blogging.<br /> * Harder than Blogger, but some people like to customize.<br /> * [http://adamseslpage.wordpress.com/ Adam's Page]<br /> <br /> ===Drupal===<br /> * [http://broadband.digitalaccess.org/ SPCB] (A site I am putting together)<br /> * Only &quot;easy&quot; compared to doing everything from scratch.<br /> * RTFM<br /> ** You don't know what you're doing.<br /> ** There are instructions somewhere. <br /> ** Find them.<br /> ** Follow them. <br /> (Note that many of the instructions are in readme files in the Drupal folder, and that, for whatever reason, these text documents are completely illegible on the screen. They print out fine though.)<br /> <br /> ===Joomla!===<br /> * [http://communityreporter.org/ CommunityReporter]<br /> <br /> ===[http://www.devside.net/server/webdeveloper Web.Developer]===<br /> * Lets you play with several of these programs in a virtual server on your own computer.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=St._Paul_E-Democracy&diff=3933 St. Paul E-Democracy 2008-09-26T15:30:57Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* '''SPED Executive Committee''' */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Directory}}<br /> <br /> ==St. Paul E-Democracy==<br /> <br /> ==='''Mission Statement''' (draft)===<br /> The Mission of St. Paul E-Democracy is to empower, inform, and engage citizens in the public life of our community, by building online forums and tools for citizen engagement and making them accessible to the community.<br /> We seek to improve the quality of public policy decision making in our city, by linking the diverse voices of our citizenry to community leaders and elected officials in a civil and respectful exchange of information and ideas.<br /> <br /> ==='''St. Paul E-Democracy Projects'''===<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/stpaul/ St. Paul Issues Forum]<br /> #* Forum Manager: Rick Mons<br /> #* [[St. Paul Identity Policy]] - Passed April 17th, 2007<br /> # [[Citizens Guide to St. Paul]] - ''testing phase'', a respository of information for citizens.<br /> #* [[volunteer | Volunteers]] <br /> # [[SPED-Outreach]] - Information about our outreach activities at the Rondo Community Outreach library.<br /> # [[SPIF Recruitment Task Force]]<br /> <br /> ===[[SPED Meetings]] - Schedule of upcoming meetings.===<br /> <br /> ==='''SPED Executive Committee'''===<br /> # Open Seat - elected position (expires 2009)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/charlesswope Charlie Swope] (Vice Chair), elected position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/gracekelly Grace Kelly], elected position (expires 2009) <br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/michaelfratto Mike Fratto] (Treasurer), elected position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/robertspaulding Bob Spaulding] (Secretary) appointed position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/rosamariadelacuevapeterson Rosa Maria de la Cueva Peterson] elected position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/davehutcheson Dave Hutcheson] appointed position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/garythompson Gary Thompson] appointed position (expires 2009)<br /> # Open Seat - appointed position (expires 2009)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Non-Voting Members<br /> # ''[http://forums.e-democracy.org/stpaul/contacts/rickmons Ricks Mons]'' - Forum Manager<br /> <br /> <br /> [[SPED Agenda Items]] for upcoming SPED Executive Committee meetings<br /> <br /> <br /> '''SPED Committees''' - [[SPED Committees | Join a committe here]]<br /> * Finance &amp; Membership Committee: Chaired by Mike Fratto<br /> * Communications Committee: <br /> * Strategic Planning Committee: Chaired by Bob Spaulding<br /> * SPIF Advisory Committee: <br /> * Outreach Committee: Chaired Rosa Maria de la Cueva Peterson<br /> <br /> * Governance Task Force: <br /> <br /> <br /> '''Constitution &amp; By-Laws'''<br /> * [[SPED bylaws]]<br /> * [[SPED constitution]]<br /> <br /> <br /> [[Category:St. Paul]]</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=St._Paul_E-Democracy&diff=3932 St. Paul E-Democracy 2008-09-26T15:30:10Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* '''SPED Executive Committee''' */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Directory}}<br /> <br /> ==St. Paul E-Democracy==<br /> <br /> ==='''Mission Statement''' (draft)===<br /> The Mission of St. Paul E-Democracy is to empower, inform, and engage citizens in the public life of our community, by building online forums and tools for citizen engagement and making them accessible to the community.<br /> We seek to improve the quality of public policy decision making in our city, by linking the diverse voices of our citizenry to community leaders and elected officials in a civil and respectful exchange of information and ideas.<br /> <br /> ==='''St. Paul E-Democracy Projects'''===<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/stpaul/ St. Paul Issues Forum]<br /> #* Forum Manager: Rick Mons<br /> #* [[St. Paul Identity Policy]] - Passed April 17th, 2007<br /> # [[Citizens Guide to St. Paul]] - ''testing phase'', a respository of information for citizens.<br /> #* [[volunteer | Volunteers]] <br /> # [[SPED-Outreach]] - Information about our outreach activities at the Rondo Community Outreach library.<br /> # [[SPIF Recruitment Task Force]]<br /> <br /> ===[[SPED Meetings]] - Schedule of upcoming meetings.===<br /> <br /> ==='''SPED Executive Committee'''===<br /> # <br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/charlesswope Charlie Swope] (Vice Chair), elected position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/gracekelly Grace Kelly], elected position (expires 2009) <br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/michaelfratto Mike Fratto] (Treasurer), elected position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/robertspaulding Bob Spaulding] (Secretary) appointed position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/rosamariadelacuevapeterson Rosa Maria de la Cueva Peterson] elected position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/davehutcheson Dave Hutcheson] appointed position (expires 2008)<br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/contacts/garythompson Gary Thompson] appointed position (expires 2009)<br /> # Open Seat - appointed position (expires 2009)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Non-Voting Members<br /> # ''[http://forums.e-democracy.org/stpaul/contacts/rickmons Ricks Mons]'' - Forum Manager<br /> <br /> <br /> [[SPED Agenda Items]] for upcoming SPED Executive Committee meetings<br /> <br /> <br /> '''SPED Committees''' - [[SPED Committees | Join a committe here]]<br /> * Finance &amp; Membership Committee: Chaired by Mike Fratto<br /> * Communications Committee: <br /> * Strategic Planning Committee: Chaired by Bob Spaulding<br /> * SPIF Advisory Committee: <br /> * Outreach Committee: Chaired Rosa Maria de la Cueva Peterson<br /> <br /> * Governance Task Force: <br /> <br /> <br /> '''Constitution &amp; By-Laws'''<br /> * [[SPED bylaws]]<br /> * [[SPED constitution]]<br /> <br /> <br /> [[Category:St. Paul]]</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Local_volunteer_roles&diff=3607 Local volunteer roles 2008-05-28T17:10:23Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Discussion Starter */</p> <hr /> <div>The volunteer role of the &quot;Forum Manager&quot; is central to the success of a community's local Issues Forum. However an Issues Forum is a means, an essential starting point, to promoting local democracy and strengthening your communities capacity to solve public problems. To achieve this broader mission, local E-Democracy.Org committees/chapters are greatly assisted by a number of volunteer roles which distribute responsibility and the opportunity to make a difference.<br /> <br /> Below is a list of roles people have played at one point or another in at least one of our local communities. As ideal roles are identified and volunteers secured, E-Democracy.Org is then in a position to both network all the volunteers doing similar tasks (like we do with Forum Managers and local group leaders) and to provide enhanced support, share tools, and even seek funding to support network-wide initiatives.<br /> <br /> == Forum Manager ==<br /> == Committee/Chapter Chairs, Co-Chairs, Officers ==<br /> == Information Seeker - Informer ==<br /> == Discussion Starter/Facilitator ==<br /> <br /> == Greeter ==<br /> <br /> == Online Events/ Guest Speaker Coordinator==<br /> ==Outreach - Recruiter - New Voices Outreach==<br /> ==Social and Community Events (in-person)==<br /> <br /> ==Participant/Volunteer Recognition==<br /> ==Election Guide Editor==<br /> ==Online Candidate Debate Host==<br /> ==Digital Inclusion Programs==<br /> ==E-Citizen Skill Trainer==<br /> ==Local Democracy Online Advocate/Evaluator==<br /> ==Technology Coordinator==<br /> ==Fund raising/Pledge drive Coordinator==<br /> ==Liason from Local Government==</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Vista&diff=3580 Vista 2008-05-14T02:47:47Z <p>209.98.138.42: </p> <hr /> <div>* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/ e-democracy.org Forums]<br /> * [http://www.pledgebank.com/ Pledge Bank] - An interesting tool that we didn't get to look at.<br /> * [http://pages.e-democracy.org/35W E-Democracy.Org 35W Wiki]<br /> * [http://northfield.org/ Northfield.Org] - An interesting project in online civic engagement in Northfield, Minnesota<br /> * [http://www.commoncraft.com/ Common Craft] - Great videos that explain online tools in simple language<br /> * [http://www.askbristol.com/askbristol.php Ask Bristol] - Home page for some of the e-democracy projects in Bristol, UK.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Definition_of_Local_Issues&diff=3557 Definition of Local Issues 2008-05-12T18:32:46Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Here is some text that might prove helpful: */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Forum Managers}}<br /> <br /> <br /> One of the difficult ideas to covey to Issues Forum participants, are the criteria which make a particular issue ''local'' and relevant to a forum, and which issues are ''not local'' and ''off-topic.''<br /> <br /> ===Here is some text that might prove helpful:===<br /> <br /> '''Something from Rick Mons - 5/12/08'''<br /> <br /> * Local issues are issues that are either unique to St Paul or have a substantial and direct effect on our community.<br /> <br /> * If the issue is not unique to St Paul but has a substantial and direct effect on our community, it is appropriate to discuss the _effect_ but it is not appropriate to discuss the underlying rationales or justifications for the issue itself. For example, if members want to discuss the effect of the Iraqi war on St Paul, that discussion would be on-topic. However, a discussion of the legitimacy or need for the Iraqi war would not.<br /> <br /> * Moreover, while it is appropriate to talk about the effect of a national or regional issue/policy on our community, members need to make the local connection specific rather than assume the readers will make the connection. It is the responsibility of the poster (and anyone who responds) to make the local connection explicit in their post. <br /> <br /> '''Something from David Brauer'''<br /> <br /> The standard is that an issue must be uniquely local or have disproportionate Minneapolis effects. The cross-wind runway obviously affects south Minneapolis disproportionately (noise), compared to all but a few suburbs. An issue can extend beyond our borders, but must have a significant local (Minneapolis) effect compared to other cities, states, or nations.<br /> <br /> '''Something from Tim Erickson'''<br /> <br /> This forum is specifically designed to address &quot;local issues.&quot; Local issues are issues that are either uniquely local or have disproportionate effect on our community. If an issue affects citizens in other communities as much (or more) than it affects us, then it is does not meet our criteria.<br /> <br /> For an issue to be considered local, it is not sufficient that it &quot;be important&quot; or that it &quot;effect&quot; people in our community. There must be something in particular about the issue that is specific to our community OR the effect of the issue must be disproportionate within our community, as compared to other communities.<br /> <br /> Sometimes it is appropriate to talk about the effect of a national or regional issue/policy on our community, in our local Issues Forum, but only if we are very explicit about what that local effect is or what the local connection is.<br /> <br /> When using the forum to address a general or national issue, it is the responsibility of the poster (and anyone who responds) to make the local connection very explicit in their message. Do not assume, that just because there is a uniquely local aspect to an issue, that other participants will recognize it.<br /> <br /> '''Something from Steve Kranz'''<br /> <br /> Local issues are ones that:<br /> <br /> # Relate to an event that is physically occurring primarily in the Winona region. -- and/or --<br /> # a local or regional elected body (or other local organization) has substantial jurisdiction over. -- and/or --<br /> # is currently being debated primarily at local level (as opposed to the national/international level).</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Minnesota_citizen_media&diff=3543 Minnesota citizen media 2008-05-06T04:19:55Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Individual Blogs */</p> <hr /> <div>Back to [[Rural Voices]]<br /> <br /> ===Online Citizen Engagement &amp; Media Projects in Greater Minnesota===<br /> <br /> We are collecting links to citizen engagement projects and citizen media projects in rural Minnesota, as part of our [[Rural Voices]] project, sponsored by the Blandin Foundation. These could be community 'issues forums,' community blogs, citizen journalism projects, podcasts, or other Web 2.0 efforts.<br /> <br /> Please, help add to our list of sites from across Greater Minnesota:<br /> <br /> (Note if you use [http://Del.icio.us Del.icio.us] to share bookmarks, tag possible sites for this page &quot;mnvoices.&quot; See our [http://del.icio.us/tag/mnvoices link prospects here]. Also note our [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=104930786670670233892.000448a648dd2b1ef13f0 experiment plotting these sites on a Google map].)<br /> <br /> ==Issues Forums or Community Forums==<br /> <br /> * [http://www.winonaonlinedemocracy.org/ Winona Online Democracy]<br /> * [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sbmn Silver Bay] - YahooGroup<br /> * [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mn-politics/ Minnesota Politics and Issues Forums] - E-Democracy.Org forum that covers the entire state of Minnesota<br /> * [http://www.freecycle.org/group/US/Minnesota Freecycle forums in MN] - No need to list them all on our page.<br /> <br /> ==Facebook Groups==<br /> * [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5049429627 I Grew Up In Olivia Minnesota...and Survived.]<br /> * [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2215797559 Willmar - Better Than Your Home Town]<br /> * [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17880843776 Vote YES: Support Pipestone Area Operating Levy Effort]<br /> <br /> ==Shared Photos==<br /> <br /> * [http://www.flickr.com/groups/ely/ Ely, Minnesota] - Photos on Flickr<br /> * [http://flickr.com/photos/hibbing Hibbing, Minnesota] - Photos on Flickr<br /> * [http://www.flickr.com/photos/csbsjulibrary/ Clemens &amp; Alcuin Libraries] - College of St. Benedict/St. John's University libraries<br /> <br /> ==Shared Bookmarks==<br /> <br /> * [http://del.icio.us/Hibbing Items tagged &quot;Hibbing&quot;] - Del.icio.us<br /> <br /> ==Individual Blogs==<br /> <br /> * [http://tbreb.com/ The Brainerd Real Estate Blog]<br /> * [http://www.minnesotabrown.com/ MinnesotaBrown.Com]<br /> * [http://www.bluestemprairie.com/ Bluestem Prairie] - Political news from Minesota's First District<br /> * [http://countrymouse.blogharbor.com/ Minnesota Country Mouse]<br /> * [http://www.flyhighduluth.blogspot.com/ Fly High Duluth]<br /> * [http://www.areavoices.com/sdoeden/ Sue Doeden's All About Food]<br /> * [http://minnemom.wordpress.com/ Travels with Children]<br /> * [http://blog.lib.umn.edu/draeg001/regionalpartnerships/ Resettling Big Stone County]<br /> * [http://www.hutchinsonleader.com/community/blog/jorge-sosa Entertainment Blog by Jorge Sosa] - Hutchinson<br /> * [http://www.lidafarm.com/ Lida Farm] - A Blog about local foods and farming in Otter Tail County (ON HIATUS)<br /> * [http://minnemom.wordpress.com/ Travels With Children] - The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.<br /> * [http://wayneschmeling.wordpress.com/ The Liberty Pines Ranch Breaks] - Bemidji, MN<br /> <br /> * E-Democracy also has a wiki page on [[Minnesota political blogs]]<br /> <br /> ==Blogs by Elected Officials==<br /> <br /> * [http://smallcitymayor.blogspot.com/ Nathan McLaughlin] - Mayor of Clarissa, Minnesota<br /> * [http://www.davidbly.com/index.php/ David Bly] - State Representative District 25B<br /> * [http://www.kevindahle.net/wordpress/ Kevin Dahle] - State Senate District 25<br /> * [http://repthissen.livejournal.com/ News from Rep. Paul Thissen] - State House 63A<br /> * [http://www.paulgardner53a.blogspot.com/ Paul Gardner] - State House 53A<br /> <br /> ==Community News / Blogs==<br /> <br /> * [http://www.boreal.org/drupal/member_feeds Boreal Access - Grand Marias Blog Aggregator]<br /> * [http://www.northfield.org/ Northfield.Org]<br /> * [http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/ Locally Grown (Northfield)]<br /> * [http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/blogosphere/ Northfield Blog-O-Sphere] - A list of blogs in Northfield<br /> * [http://rneighbors.org/about RNeighbors] - Rochester<br /> * [http://westcentralnews.blogspot.com/ West Central News]<br /> * [http://westcentralblog.blogspot.com/ West Central Blogger] - Stories that celebrate and inform west central Minnesota<br /> * [http://www.56572.blogspot.com/ Pelican Rapids]<br /> * Minnesota Horizons community blogs<br /> ** [http://chisholm.communityblogs.us/ Chisholm]<br /> ** [http://elmore.communityblogs.us/ Elmore]<br /> ** [http://www.eveleth.blogspot.com/ Eveleth]<br /> ** [http://fertile.communityblogs.us/ Fertile]<br /> ** [http://floodwood.communityblogs.us/ Floodwood]<br /> ** [http://hokah.communityblogs.us/ Hokah]<br /> ** [http://mountainlake.communityblogs.us/ Mountain Lake]<br /> ** [http://newyorkmills.communityblogs.us/ New York Mills]<br /> ** [http://stjames.communityblogs.us/ St. James]<br /> * [http://faribodiversity.blogspot.com/ Faribault Diversity Coalition]<br /> * [http://hibbinglibrary.blogspot.com/ Hibbing Library]<br /> * [http://www.fitcity.blogspot.com/ Hibbing A Fit City] - Hibbing has made a commitment to provide opportunities for physical activity to people who live, work and play within the city.<br /> <br /> ==Online News Sites (Commercial)==<br /> * [http://sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage St. Cloud Times]<br /> * [http://hometownfocus.us/ Hometown Focus] - Iron Range<br /> * [http://www.cannonfalls.com/ Cannon Falls Beacon]<br /> * [http://www.hutchinsonleader.com/ Hutchinson Leader]<br /> <br /> ==City Sites / Tourism Sites / Chambers of Commerce==<br /> * [http://deckernet.com/minn/cities/ MN Towns and Cities] - This is a very comprehensive list of community sites in Minnesota. <br /> <br /> We will not attempt to list every town or city web site on OUR page, but we will continue to post specific links that are submitted directly to us.<br /> * [http://www.braham.com/ Braham.Com]<br /> * [http://www.faribaultmn.org/index.html Fairbault Chamber of Commerce]<br /> * [http://www.hibbing.mn.us Hibbing]<br /> ** [http://www.dylandays.com/ Dylan Days in Hibbing]<br /> * [http://www.rochestermn.com/ RochesterMN.Com]<br /> * [http://www.granitecountry.com/index.php?r=1 St. Cloud Aread Tourism Site]<br /> * [http://scapartnership.com/ St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership]<br /> * [http://ci.stcloud.mn.us/ St. Cloud, City Site]<br /> <br /> ==Local Online Community Engagement Projects==<br /> * [http://planforafton.editme.com/ Plan for Afton]<br /> <br /> == Misc Local Internet Initiatives==<br /> <br /> * [http://www.kaxecommons.org/index.php KAXE Commons]<br /> <br /> ==Podcasts==<br /> <br /> * [http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/show/ Locally Grown Northfield (Podcast)]<br /> * [http://www.cafn8ed.com/ CAFN8ED - Crow River Coffee Company Video Podcast from Watertown, MN]<br /> * [http://hutchinsonleader.com/news/audio/six-minutes-over-hutchinson Six Minutes Over Hutchinson]<br /> <br /> ==Statewide Online Communities and Social Networking Groups with a Rural Flair==<br /> <br /> * [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMHomesteading/ Minnesota Modern Homesteading] - YahooGroup<br /> <br /> ==Minnesota History==<br /> <br /> * [http://www.arnoldkramer.com/ Arnold Kramer, Folk Artist]<br /> <br /> ==Rural Development==<br /> * [http://www.minnesotaruralpartners.org/links.htm Minnesota Rural Partners] - The Links page of Minnesota Rural Partners (Minnesota's rural development organization)<br /> <br /> ==Blogs about Rural Issues (not specific to Minnesota)==<br /> <br /> * [http://iatp.typepad.com/inthefield/ In the Field] - Rural Place, Real People<br /> * [http://www.iatp.org/ Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy]</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Fact_Sheet&diff=3007 Fact Sheet 2008-02-11T15:32:38Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Leadership */</p> <hr /> <div>E-Democracy.Org Fact Sheet<br /> <br /> == Mission and Overview ==<br /> <br /> E-Democracy.Org is a 501.c3 non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-based project whose mission is to expand participation and build stronger democracies and communities through the power of information and communication technologies and strategies.<br /> <br /> In 1994, we launched the world's first election information web site as Minnesota E-Democracy. Today as E-Democracy.Org, we are building the world's largest network of local online town halls we call &quot;Issues Forums.&quot;<br /> <br /> With over a decade of experience as a volunteer-based, trusted, neutral host of online civic dialog, E-Democracy.Org now hosts online community and neighborhood forums across nearly a dozen communities in Minnesota (USA), England, and most recently New Zealand. We are entering a phase of rapid community expansion and participant growth.<br /> <br /> == Issues Forums - Our Unique Online Town Hall Model==<br /> <br /> Issues Forums are a unique and highly effective model for sustained discussion of local public issues. Unlike the coarse and divisive partisanship we too often see, our &quot;online town hall forums&quot; encourage participation from across the political spectrum and bring in diverse community voices. Based on real-world political value, Issues Forums attract participation from community leaders, engaged community members, local elected and appointed officials, and journalists. <br /> <br /> New forums launch when a local volunteer Forum Manager supported by a steering committee recruits at least 100 charter participants. This &quot;built to last&quot; model creates an ongoing and agenda-setting conversation on local issues that is web and e-mail accessible. Our most active forum reach 200 members (and many more web visitors) within a year and Minneapolis has the largest forum with close to 900 registered participants.<br /> <br /> At E-Democracy.Org, we do things differently. Participants agree to use their real names and keep the discussion civil. And as a true &quot;public space&quot; -- unlike most other commercial online forums -- our rules limit E-Democracy.Org's arbitrary power and instead focus on facilitation and community accountability.<br /> <br /> In 2005, the British government funded our expansion into the United Kingdom. Now in four English communities, we are a global model for local democracy in the information age. A 60-page guidebook and videos about Issues Forums is available from: http://e-democracy.org/if<br /> <br /> Our local Issues Forum network includes the following (current to November 2007):<br /> <br /> '''New Zealand'''<br /> * Canterbury (including Christchurch)<br /> <br /> '''United Kingdom'''<br /> * Brighton and Hove, England<br /> * Bristol, England (Greater Bedminister Neighbourhood)<br /> * London Borough of Newham, England<br /> * Oxford, England (Oxford Central SW Neighbourhood) <br /> <br /> '''United States'''<br /> * Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts (Special clean energy forum)<br /> * Minneapolis, Minnesota<br /> * Roseville, Minnesota<br /> * St. Paul, Minnesota<br /> * Winona, Minnesota<br /> <br /> == What do people discuss? ==<br /> <br /> People exchange information and views on a wide range of very local issues. A quick scan of the discussion topics make it clear that the community &quot;intelligence is in the network.&quot;<br /> <br /> This is a sampling of discussion topics from October 2007:<br /> * Local schools<br /> * Support for local war veterans<br /> * Neighborhood park changes<br /> * Local business regulation<br /> * Redevelopment of a burned down building<br /> * Local home foreclosures<br /> * Local candidates and elections<br /> * City &quot;sustainable&quot; status<br /> * Local events and festivals<br /> * Water quality and shortages<br /> * Policies in support of cycling<br /> * Crime and policing<br /> * Housing subsidy system<br /> * &quot;Young Mayor&quot; campaign<br /> * Critiques of local media, sharing story ideas<br /> * Local roadway changes, street cleaning<br /> * Community engagement opportunities<br /> * Billboards<br /> * Local incinerator proposals<br /> * Neighborhood livability <br /> * Problems with feral cats<br /> * Noise pollution from an area speedway<br /> * Leadership of elected bodies<br /> <br /> While each local forum has its own independent message space, as our network grows, E-Democracy.Org is developing proposals for ways to connect active citizens across communities to share experiences and solutions to public challenges.<br /> <br /> == Expansion Goals and Strategic Plan ==<br /> <br /> E-Democracy.Org seeks to expand the number of communities it serves from 10 to 20 over the next year. Our model is partly rooted in the century-old service club movement with a modern locally-led franchise approach and shared technology base. We are building the infrastructure for hundreds of direct local democracy online/citizen media as a direct part of our network and hope to inspire thousands of similar independent community-based efforts.<br /> <br /> In the near term, we seek to deepen our presence in existing communities by quadrupling the number of registered participants to 10,000. We will do this by recruiting new and diverse voices and increasing the number of neighborhood forums where we are most established. In addition, our new strategic plan lays the path toward network support for local online citizen engagement activities.<br /> <br /> Our official goals are:<br /> <br /> * '''Engagement:''' Strengthen, expand, and diversify engagement through effective and meaningful online discussions and information exchange on public issues<br /> * '''Information and Civic Education:''' Increase the use and relevance of information resources about elections, governance, the media, and public affairs to help address public challenges<br /> * '''Best Practices and Tools:''' Develop and disseminate best practices and tools to promote community conversation and engagement, civic education, and information exchange<br /> * '''Promote Active Citizenship:''' Empower participants with online skills and experiences to have an impact on their communities and governments<br /> * '''Organizational Capacity and Sustainability:''' Maintain an ethical, stable, and financially strong organization of volunteers and staff that effectively and efficiently responds to growing and changing expectations, opportunities, and responsibilities<br /> <br /> Our Project Blog contains the inside scoop on our growth and development: http://blog.e-democracy.org<br /> <br /> == Praise for E-Democracy.Org and Issues Forums ==<br /> <br /> Comments from October 2007 about Issues Forums:<br /> <br /> * ''For anyone with an open mind, the Issues Forum is a tantalizing and an ever-changing banquet of ideas.'' - Christine Viken, Minneapolis <br /> <br /> * ''A good, fast way to keep up with what the citizens of our city are thinking about at the moment. It also gives me the ability to put a question out there to them and get responses when I have a decision to make regarding a Park policy.'' - Annie Young, Elected Minneapolis Park Board Member<br /> <br /> * ''I find out breaking news long before it goes through the filter of one of the standard newspapers or news channels. Because so many people with differing opinions contribute to this forum I get a much wider perspective of thoughts from which I draw my conclusions about how I feel on a particular issue. I really appreciate getting the information from the &quot;grassroots&quot; level without media savvy spin placed on it even if I don't necessarily agree with it ... Truthfully, I hate to admit it but the issues list for me is almost like a drug. I gotta have it. I know that I would feel a big hole in my &quot;info. world&quot; if I didn't have the forum at my fingertips.'' - Barbara Lickness, Minneapolis<br /> <br /> * ''This forum has been a way to explain the issues around our local neighbourhood problem (an incredibly noisy racetrack) in-depth in a way that mainstream media won't allow. Most people reading the forum had no idea of the scale of our problem beforehand and as a result the forum has proven useful for networking.'' - Wanda Shaw, Christchurch, New Zealand<br /> <br /> == Leadership ==<br /> <br /> E-Democracy.Org is led by Co-Founder and Board Chair, Steven Clift and Tim Erickson, Issues Forum Director. <br /> <br /> Steven Clift is among the world's foremost experts on &quot;e-democracy&quot; in government and community using public speaking and consulting to support his volunteer time with E-Democracy.Org. Clift was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 which included a three year stipend allowing him to dedicate himself full-time to E-Democracy.Org full-time for the first time.<br /> <br /> Tim Erickson is an experienced online facilitator and one-time Forum Manager of the St. Paul Issues Forum. A dedicated volunteer and then lead on our UK funded pilot expansion, Tim now leads our new grant funded initiatives and Issues Forum development.<br /> <br /> '''Our Board'''<br /> <br /> * Steven Clift, Co-Founder and Chair<br /> * Mick Souder, Co-Founder, Vice Chair and Treasurer, Project Manager, IBM<br /> * Anne Carroll, Public Participation Consultant and St. Paul School Board Member<br /> * Dan Jellinek, CEO Headstar (UK) and Editor, E-Government Bulletin<br /> * Alan Rosenblatt, Internet Advocacy Center (DC)<br /> * David Woolley, Thinkofit, Online Conferencing Consultant<br /> * Joanne Caddy<br /> <br /> Additional background details from http://e-democracy.org/about.html<br /> <br /> == Funding ==<br /> <br /> E-Democracy.Org was an all volunteer organization with a donated information infrastructure for its first decade. Over the last few years our efforts have attracted an estimated $300,000 US worth of investment. This includes funding for our expansion into England from the UK Local E-Democracy National Project, in-kind technology support from OnlineGroups.Net in New Zealand, a three year stipend to cover Steven Clift's time from Ashoka, and two recent project grants providing approximately $75,000 in funding.<br /> <br /> E-Democracy.Org adopted a basic one year budget of $150,000 from July 1, 2007 through June 31, 2008. We need to raise a minimum of $85,000 to meet that budget. Based on the demand for our services we expect the budget to increase and are planning for a mix of revenue streams including major donations, smaller voluntary participant and supporter donations, providing e-democracy services to other groups and governments for a fee, and grants (to support new programming and features). Based on our participant survey, in the UK in particular, we will explore ongoing local government support for Issues Forums.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=SP_Meeting_Locations&diff=2938 SP Meeting Locations 2008-01-10T18:51:06Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Institutions */</p> <hr /> <div>[[Citizens Guide to St. Paul | Back To Home Page]] '''of Citizens Guide to St. Paul'''<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ==Great Places to Hold a Meeting==<br /> <br /> ===Large Venues (More than 25 people)===<br /> <br /> ====Bar's Or Restaurants====<br /> <br /> # O'Gara's (Snelling and Selby) has fairly large rooms available for groups.<br /> # Sweeneys <br /> # Happy Gnome, on Selby at Mackubin - formerly Chang O'Hara's. 2nd Floor is a large meeting space, good for 100 or more depending on seating arrangements needed. [http://www.thehappygnome.com/ Happy Gnome] and click on Firehouse Room<br /> # Schroeders Bar &amp; Grill on Front St.<br /> # Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant, 1105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104,(651) 647-1011. Banquet room reserved separately from main restaurant. Don't have the full capacity, but should exceed 75 at least.<br /> <br /> ====Institutions====<br /> <br /> # Paul and Shelia Wellstone Center for Community Building<br /> # SPNN (St. Paul Neighbourhood Network<br /> # Metropolitan State University<br /> # Hamline University<br /> # Concordia University<br /> # The College of St. Catherine - contact Meeting and Events<br /> # Macalester College, Olin building (Tom Welna is the contact)<br /> # [http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/rental.html James J. Hill House] on Summit Avenue near Selby. Lots of great space, but $100 fee and up depending on needs.<br /> <br /> ====Conference Centers or Halls====<br /> <br /> # [http://sokolmn.org/ C.S.P.S Hall] on W 7th Street Near St. Clair.<br /> # Minnesota Humanities Center. Full service conference facility with 15 sleeping rooms. 987 Ivy Avenue East, St. Paul. Near Lake Phalen, ample parking, minutes from Downtown St. Paul, high speed wireless internet, fantastic food and ideal customer service. 651-772-4242/ toll free: 866-268-7293 ext. 242 www.minnesotahumanities.org<br /> <br /> ====Churches (with meeting rooms)====<br /> # The Episcopal Church Homes, Snelling Ave., NOTE: Willing to make rooms available for community groups<br /> # Mississippi Market at Selby and Dale has meeting rooms located on the second floor. They have been used by other groups for meetings; cost unknown but presumably low.<br /> # Arlington Hills Luthern<br /> # Arlington Hills Presbyterian<br /> # Immanuel Lutheran Church on Snelling south of Grand<br /> <br /> ====Government Buildings / Schools / Rec Centers====<br /> <br /> #[http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/locations/rondo.html Rondo Outreach Library] at Dale and University has three meeting rooms, including a multi-purpose room that can accommodate close to 100 in classroom seating style. Can be very difficult to reserve space as it is very popular, but free to nonprofits.<br /> #St. Paul Public Schools Board/Administration Building at 360 Colborne St. has a number of small and large meeting rooms for public use. Free for mtgs involving school/district staff; small fees for nonprofits, higher fees for for-profits. Available M-Sat days and evenings; closed major holidays; call 651-767-8143 to reserve space.<br /> # Newell Park Building<br /> # Crossroads School (any details??)<br /> # Arlington High (any details??)<br /> # Central High (any details??)<br /> # Hallie Q. Brown Community Center/Martin Luther King Rec Center, 270 Kent Street in Saint Paul, (651) 224-4601. Several different meeting rooms can accomodate small groups (Club Rooms A and B at around 15-20) or larger groups (Club Room C at maybe 50-70, the cafeteria space could do 150+).<br /> <br /> ===Smaller Venues (Less than 25 people)===<br /> <br /> ====Restaurants &amp; Cafes with &quot;meeting rooms&quot; or l&quot;banquet rooms&quot;====<br /> <br /> # Louisiana Cafe - 613 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102-1730, (651) 221-9140 Will reserve larger rooms for meetings if groups are large enough.<br /> # [http://www.daybyday.com/ Day by Day Cafe] - 477 W. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55102, (651) 227-0654 NOTE: Has lovely small and separate room for groups<br /> # Applebees, Snelling &amp; University, has/had a small banquet room for groups<br /> # Cafe Con Amoré on Grand, NOTE: Has lovely small and separate room for groups<br /> # [http://www.goldenthymescoffeelounge.com/ Golden Thymes Coffee Café]- 921 Selby Avenue<br /> # Black bear Crossing at Como Park Pavillion. 3 rooms seating 20 - 60 people plus cafe with lots of room. 651-488-4920<br /> # Bean Factory - (J&amp;S) - Thomas at Hamline<br /> <br /> ====Other Restaurants &amp; Cafes====<br /> <br /> # The Old Man River Cafe, 879 Smith Ave S., NOTE: We don't have a separate room, we do have a large enough space that we can generally accommodate up to 15-18 or so with some advance notice (651-450-7070)<br /> #Mancini's, West Seventh Street, has &quot;power booths&quot; in the Lounge<br /> #The University Club, Summit &amp; Ramsey, is not just for old money any more! You may already know a member who will help you &quot;infiltrate&quot; the Club.<br /> # The cafe' in the Landmark Center, Rice Park, is a nice place to meet for lunch, and convenient for the downtown folks.<br /> # The Liffey (Irish pub, &quot;World's Best Hotel Bar,&quot; W 7th &amp; Kellogg) has a few nooks that make for good meeting places.<br /> # Nina's Coffee Shop, 165 Western Ave N on the corner of Selby, is great for very small groups, not as good for five or more. Free WiFi access.<br /> # Fresh Grounds coffee shop, 1362 West 7th Street, St. Paul. Open 7 am - 7pm Monday - Friday, but can stay open later for groups with advance notice. Large enough space to accomodate 15-20. Free WiFi available. 651-224-2348.<br /> <br /> ====Government Buildings / Schools / Rec Centers====<br /> <br /> # Hamline Park Building, Snelling and Thomas<br /> # Hancock Rec Center, Snelling and Hubbard<br /> <br /> ===Other===<br /> # see also [[SP Hotspots]]</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=SP_Story_Ideas&diff=2506 SP Story Ideas 2007-10-30T18:54:47Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* St. Paul Media Story Ideas */</p> <hr /> <div>===St. Paul Media Story Ideas===<br /> <br /> [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/ The Twin Cities Daily Planet] and other local news organizations have asked St. Paul E-Democracy.Org to generate a list of possible stories ideas. What are the most under-reported stories in St. Paul, anything from very local story ideas to city-wide ideas. This list is being generated in October of 2007.<br /> <br /> Please, use the edit button to add to the list (NOTE: putting 3 apostrophies before and after a phrase, makes it bold):<br /> <br /> # '''Big Halloween Block Party''' in Mac Groveland<br /> # '''Palace Theatre''' in Downtown St. Paul - What is its future, if any?<br /> # '''Paint the Pavement''' - Neighbors painting intersections with friendly/inviting images. Its happening in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. Why? Is it happening anywhere else? Where did this idea come from? ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/post/6mwKvmzlrrRAoNh3niQBj8 See Original Post])<br /> # '''Minnesota Personal Protection Act''' - Its been five years now without the &quot;bloodbath&quot; that some local politicians predicted (i.e. - Ellen Anderson and Wes Skoglund). How do local politicians feel about the act today? Including comments from those who supported the ban from the outset. <br /> #* What does the St. Paul police department have to say about the effects of this law? Not just the department's politically-beholden leadership, mind you...<br /> #* Is there any statistic evidence of the &quot;deterrent&quot; effect that this law would have on crime, as promised by supporters of the law? And why has the media spiked all mention of this effect?<br /> # '''WSCO Bylaws Changed''' We all heard about how the board of West Side Citizens' Organization in District 3 was packed last year by special interests taking advantage of an ambiguity in the WSCO Bylaws. The WSCO Board, to its credit, self-corrected this issue in a Special Session mass meeting on Oct. 23, 2007. Voting rights at the election meeting this November are greatly simplified and will now be limited simply to residents and one vote per business establishment.<br /> # '''SPIF'ers as Guest Editorialist''' - One member of the forum suggested to me (offline) that arrangements be made with a local paper to have use SPIF participants (or even SPIF posts) as guest editorials. <br /> # '''Crime Analysis''' - I'd like to see the PP take a more comprehensive look at crime in St. Paul. In addition to reporting each day's events as they occur, it would be nice to see some analysis of the crime rate and the patterns involved. Perhaps [http://inquirer.philly.com/graphics/homicide%5Fmap%5F2007/ something like this:] &lt;br&gt; ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/post/36DJb7TeqAWKSsuC7Wa30G See Original Post])<br /> # '''Joseph's Coat''' - I would like to read – or should I say “interact with”? - a story about the people who go to Joseph’s Coat. Do we not interview them for fear of embarrassing them? How many people go there each week? Why? What are their common issues? Where has “the system” failed them? Are any of them cheating the system? ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/post/60lL7sm1pfRa6qBIuIyo1N See Original Post])<br /> # '''Positive Student Stories''' - Examples of outstanding student math-letes, science fair winners, history day winners, odyssey of the Mind winners, etc. We give enormous coverage to football, basketball and hockey - how about more coverage of students who win statewide academic contests?<br /> # '''School Board Campaigns''' - Who funds school board campaigns? What % of contributions come from teacher unions and other unions that school boards will have to negotiate with? The AP ran a story earlier this year (or last year) about Ed Mn spending more than any other group on lobbying. What's happening in school board campaigns?<br /> # '''Four Women from Minnesota Boat Club Stroke to Top at Head of the Charles Race -''' St. Paul's Minnesota Boat Club website: http://www.boatclub.org. Jacqueline Hamilton and 3 others with an average age of 40+ took 1st in their event at the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. They beat 20 other teams from around North America. MBC is among Minnesota's longest-lived organizations and the Head of the Charles is North America's top rowing event.<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> # -</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=2222 Groupserver development priorities 2007-10-18T03:36:39Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Current List, in Order of Priority */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Posting Files<br /> # Authenticated Web Feeds<br /> # Fix widgets so that Forum Managers can update them.&lt;br&gt;The code that generates these widgets is found here (in ZMI - Zope Management Interface): sites/edem/Templates/groups/standard/related-links.xml<br /> # [[Digest template]]<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Add YouTube viewer to topic display when a YouTube video is linked to.<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Automatically display thumbnails of photos that are uploaded to site.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> # [[Groupserver feature ideas]] - We have a laundry list of ideas we'd like to see implemented, but know that most require significant funding<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=SPIF_Recruitment_Task_Force&diff=2221 SPIF Recruitment Task Force 2007-10-18T02:50:26Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* General Recruitment Ideas: */</p> <hr /> <div>==SPIF Recruitment Task Force==<br /> <br /> Volunteers (various levels of commitment):<br /> # David Hutchinson<br /> # Mitch Berg<br /> # Martin Owings<br /> # John Harris<br /> # Eva Young<br /> # - (sign up here) -<br /> # - (sign up here) - <br /> # - (sign up here) - <br /> # - (sign up here) - <br /> <br /> ==Resources==<br /> ===SPIF or Feedback Discussions===<br /> <br /> * [http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/post/5YlJjqqlOi6HA5v0K1dhYp Participation by Women in SPIF]<br /> * [http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/topic/7gJr0hnZBOcuvJRY5amRHX Suggestion for the Betterment of SPIF]<br /> * [http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/topic/1fHRLui7RAxO4rK4YMSkC9 Changes for the next year]<br /> * [http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/topic/2O2jMu3mdnZFBB6FSz6wZL More comments....]<br /> <br /> ==Ideas==<br /> ===General Recruitment Ideas:===<br /> <br /> * Using tools like MySpace and Facebook to recruit younger participants<br /> * Working through schools to interact with young people<br /> * Partner with other organizations to increase awareness about SPIF<br /> * Do a better job of demonstrating that its &quot;worth their time&quot;<br /> * Recruit at the various blogger events<br /> ** Come up with some sense of why a blogger would *want* to participate in a forum like this. What's in it for a blogger? <br /> ** Cooperate with blogger groups (like &quot;True North&quot; and/or &quot;Minnesota Monitor&quot;, among others) on events, group coverage of elections/candidates/issues.<br /> ** Explicitly recruit (or republish with permission) bloggers to comment on specific SPIF-area issues on the forum. This is the sort of decentralized viral growth that made blogs matter in the first place; when in Rome...<br /> * Speakers bureau - set up presentations for schools and colleges <br /> * Recruit at art events<br /> * Recruit at events like:<br /> ** Gay Pride, <br /> ** Cinco de Mayo<br /> ** Juneteeth<br /> ** Hmong Resource Fair<br /> ** - (insert specific suggestion)<br /> ** - (insert specific suggestion)<br /> * Recruit among republicans and conservatives:<br /> ** - (insert specific suggestion)<br /> ** - (insert specific suggestion)<br /> * Reduce the rules in SPIF<br /> * Have an &quot;anything goes day&quot; every week or month<br /> * In an era where Blogger/MuNu/Typepad, Youtube, BlogTalkRadio, MySpace, and ubiquitous electronics have given *everyone* a medium for communicating in a non-hierarchical, authority-proof, self-driven way about any subject they want, instantly, with society-altering results, what exactly *are* the upsides to being involved in a rigidly-structures hierarchical group like SPIF? To be &quot;on-message&quot; with potential &quot;recruits&quot;, the message has to pass the stink test. I think there are ways to *make* it pass, but I don't think SPIF is there yet (from my humble perspective).<br /> ** '''Possible Answers'''<br /> ** To reach a St. Paul specific audience that includes community leaders, local journalists, and elected officials.<br /> ** Because SPIF is easy to use and attractive to folks with limited internet skills (or is it??)<br /> ** Because lots of folks don't know how to use those other tools. Almost everyone knows how to read and send an email.<br /> ** Because of the rules, people have some good sense of what to expect in SPIF<br /> <br /> ===Recruiting Women===<br /> ====• Why Women Don't Participate More====<br /> * women &quot;have a style that focuses on building personal relationships and Internet media are inherently NOT personal&quot;<br /> * uncomfortable with 'offline' responses (private emails) which can seem abusive and threatening<br /> * too many of the existing women on the forum are such poor models of online discussion. Need some fresh blood.<br /> <br /> ====• Strategies to encourage more women to join and/or post to SPIF:====<br /> * Personal invitations (face to face)<br /> * Women only events (face to face)<br /> * Unlimited posting for women<br /> * A women only forum (or online event)<br /> * Personal invitations to women to participate in SPED committee work<br /> * Specifically solicit cross-posts from female bloggers on SPIF-related issues.<br /> * Figure out a way to address specific and personal offline e-attacks on posters from males SPIFers; we can't directly &quot;regulate&quot; that, of course, but if we put our heads together about this we should be able to figure out something<br /> <br /> ===Why Participate===<br /> <br /> When recruiting diverse voices to the forum, what are some reasons that we might give about why someone would participate in SPIF:<br /> <br /> # To voice your opinion in your community<br /> # To learn about other issues in your community, and other approaches to those issues.<br /> # Because its read by elected officials and community leaders<br /> # (insert here)<br /> # (insert here)<br /> # (insert here)</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Unsubscribe&diff=2206 Unsubscribe 2007-10-17T02:43:57Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Via the web: */</p> <hr /> <div>Back To: [[Participants guide]]<br /> <br /> ==How to unsubscribe from an Issues Forum:==<br /> <br /> ===By Email:===<br /> <br /> # Simply send an email to the address of the Forum with the word '''Unsubscribe''' in the subject line. Please, be sure to spell it correctly.&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;[[Image:Unsubscribe.gif]]&lt;br&gt;-<br /> <br /> ===Via the web:===<br /> <br /> # [http://forums.e-democracy.org/login/index.xml Login] to the E-Democracy.Org site.<br /> # Find the home page for your group<br /> <br /> <br /> [[Category:Forum Manager]]<br /> [[Category:Participants]]</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Rondo_Workshop_Schedule&diff=1463 Rondo Workshop Schedule 2007-09-16T15:10:54Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Past Workshops */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Directory}}<br /> * [[Outreach tools]]<br /> * [http://www.c-can.org/ SPED CTEP]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> =&quot;E-Tools For All&quot; at the Rondo Library=<br /> <br /> Workshops are being offered by SPED-Outreach on Mondays at the [http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/locations/rondo.html Rondo Library], 7:00pm - 8:30pm. The classes are free, and their purpose is to familiarize participants with various digital tools for public participation. SPED-Outreach volunteers will also be tabling from 3-5 on Mondays to provide visibility and one-on-one computer assistance.<br /> <br /> If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to participate as a student or volunteer, please contact Jonathan at 652-808-7363, or email &quot;jonathan at e-democracy dot org&quot;. Or simply show up at one of the scheduled times (no registration necessary).<br /> <br /> <br /> == September ==<br /> <br /> === Sept. 17 -- Citizen Journalism ===<br /> Mary Turck of the [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/ TC Daily Planet] will teach this workshop on Citizen Journalism.<br /> <br /> === Sept. 24 -- Show and Tell: New Tools for Public Participation ===<br /> St. Paul E-Democracy Volunteers will demonstrate powerful internet tools for organizations and individuals wishing to be more active in the community. Bring your ideas and questions!<br /> <br /> == October ==<br /> <br /> === Oct. 1 -- Blogs ===<br /> St. Paul E-Democracy volunteers will help you to set up your own blog and learn how to use it to publish your own thoughts and ideas on the internet.<br /> <br /> === Oct. 15 -- YouTube ===<br /> St. Paul E-Democracy volunteers will help demonstrate how to tape a video segment and upload it to YouTube.<br /> <br /> === Oct. 22 -- Show and Tell: New Tools for Public Participation ===<br /> St. Paul E-Democracy Volunteers will demonstrate powerful internet tools for organizations and individuals wishing to be more active in the community. Bring your ideas and questions!<br /> <br /> === Oct. 29 -- Podcasting ===<br /> -<br /> <br /> == November ==<br /> <br /> === Nov. 5 -- Online Tools for Community Organizing ===<br /> St. Paul E-Democracy volunteers will demonstrate new tools of community organizing and how some people are using them to improve their communities.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> == Past Workshops ==<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday October 3, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 5:00-6:00: ''Voter Voices 2007''<br /> * How to upload and share photos, audio, and video on the internet. <br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: Steve Clift &amp; others...<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Set-up and Maintain a Blog''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: Kevin Marshall, Sara Reller<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: Tim Erickson, Marc Trimble<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Michele Fure<br /> * SPECIAL EVENTS: Podcasting Days, Marc Trimble<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday October 10, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Access Local Officials and Local Media in St. Paul''<br /> * LEADERS: Michelle Fure, Mike Fratto<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: Gary Thompson<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Tim Erickson<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday October 17, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''Community Involvement Using the Internet''<br /> * LEADERS: Tim Erickson, Kevin Marshall<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:00: Tim Erickson, Sara Reller (3:00-5:00)<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Rosa María de la Cueva Peterson, Chip Peterson<br /> * SPECIAL EVENTS: Outreach Team Meeting, 5:30-6:30<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday October 24, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Set-up and Maintain a Blog''<br /> * LEADERS: Kevin Marshall, Sara Reller<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: Gary Thompson, Mike Fratto<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Tim Erickson<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday October 31, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP: no workshop<br /> * LEADERS: n/a<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: Tim Erickson, Rosa María de la Cueva Peterson<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: n/a<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday November 7, 2006''' (Election night)<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP: no workshop<br /> * LEADERS: n/a<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: Gary Thompson, Rosa María de la Cueva Peterson<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Tim Erickson, Marc Trimble<br /> * SPECIAL EVENTS: Podcasting Days, Marc Trimble<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday November 14, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Create and Use an Email Account''<br /> * LEADERS: Cathi Lyman-Onkka, Brady Onkka<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30 Sara Reller<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Tim Erickson<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday November 21, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Find Things on the Internet''<br /> * LEADERS: Cathi Lyman-Onkka, Gary Thompson, Michelle Fure<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: Gary Thompson, Mike Fratto<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Rosa María de la Cueva Peterson, Chip Peterson<br /> * SPECIAL EVENTS: Outreach Team Meeting, 5:30-6:30<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday November 28, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''The Power of Digital Video''<br /> * LEADERS: SPNN staff<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:00: Tim Erickson<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30:<br /> <br /> '''Tuesday December 5, 2006'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Access Local Officials and Local Media in St. Paul''<br /> * LEADERS: Michelle Fure, Mike Fratto<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: Gary Thompson, Sara Reller<br /> * TABLING 6:30-8:30: Tim Erickson, Marc Trimble<br /> * SPECIAL EVENTS: Podcasting Days, Marc Trimble<br /> <br /> <br /> '''Monday January 8, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Find Things on the Internet''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday January 22, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Navigate the SPPS Parent Portal''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday January 29, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''New Tools: Show &amp; Tell''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: Tim Erikson, David Erickson <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday February 5, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: ''How to Contact Local Officials''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30:<br /> <br /> '''Monday February 12, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''Family Resources on the Internet'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday February 26, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''New Tools: Show &amp; Tell'''<br /> - - ''Short presentations on various useful new tools and suggestion on how to make use of them.''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: Tim Erickson<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> <br /> '''Monday March 5, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''The Power of Digital Video'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> <br /> '''Monday March 12, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''How to Use the SPPS Parent Portal'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> <br /> '''Monday March 19, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''How to Find Things on The Internet'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday March 26, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''New Tools: Show &amp; Tell'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30:<br /> <br /> '''Monday April 9, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''How to Contact Local Officials'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday April 16, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''How to Set-Up and Maintain A Blog'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday April 23, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''Community Involvement Using the Internet'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: <br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30: <br /> <br /> '''Monday April 30, 2007'''<br /> <br /> FREE WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30: '''New Tools: Show &amp; Tell'''<br /> * WORKSHOP LEADERS: Tim Erickson<br /> * TABLING 3- 5:30:<br /> <br /> <br /> [[Category:St. Paul]]<br /> [[Category:St. Paul Outreach]]</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1370 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:43:27Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Current List, in Order of Priority */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Authenticated Web Feeds<br /> # Fix widgets so that Forum Managers can update them - Move them under the &quot;Seach&quot; box, so that they make better use of page.<br /> # Digest<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Add YouTube viewer to topic display when a YouTube video is linked to.<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Automatically display thumbnails of photos that are uploaded to site.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1369 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:42:24Z <p>209.98.138.42: </p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Authenticated Web Feeds<br /> # Fix widgets so that Forum Managers can update them<br /> # Digest<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Add YouTube viewer to topic display when a YouTube video is linked to.<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Automatically display thumbnails of photos that are uploaded to site.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1368 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:39:49Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Current List, in Order of Priority */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Authenticated Web Feeds<br /> # Fix widgets so that Forum Managers can update them<br /> # Digest<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Add YouTube viewer to topic display when a YouTube video is linked to.<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Automatically display thumbnails of photos that are uploaded to site.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Web Only Users get an automatic TOPIC DIGEST at least once per month<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1367 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:34:00Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Current List, in Order of Priority */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Authenticated Web Feeds<br /> # Fix widgets so that Forum Managers can update them<br /> # Digest<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Add YouTube viewer to topic display when a YouTube video is linked to.<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Automatically display thumbnails of photos that are uploaded to site.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1366 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:32:09Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Current List, in Order of Priority */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Authenticated Web Feeds<br /> # Fix widgets so that Forum Managers can update them<br /> # Digest<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Add YouTube viewer to topic display when a YouTube video is linked to.<br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Automatically display thumbnails of photos that are uploaded to site.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1365 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:31:18Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Current List, in Order of Priority */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Authenticated Web Feeds<br /> # Fix link widgets web admin for groups<br /> # Digest<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Add YouTube viewer to topic display when a YouTube video is linked to.<br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Automatically display thumbnails of photos that are uploaded to site.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1364 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:29:00Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Current List, in Order of Priority */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> # Fix link widgets web admin for groups<br /> # Digest<br /> #* restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> #* only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> #* Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1363 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:28:43Z <p>209.98.138.42: </p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Current List, in Order of Priority==<br /> <br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> # Fix link widgets web admin for groups<br /> # Digest<br /> ## restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> ## only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot;<br /> ## Display all topics that have been updated in the last 24 hours.<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Groupserver_development_priorities&diff=1362 Groupserver development priorities 2007-08-16T00:13:17Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development */</p> <hr /> <div>{{Groupserver}}<br /> <br /> ==Working list of priorities for Groupserver Development==<br /> <br /> This is our current list of priorities, in order of importance to us, for update of Groupserver.<br /> <br /> # Fix times zones (as discussed)<br /> # Restore hours to post warning on web/e-mail when over X post in Y time quota instead of only listing the time.<br /> # Ability to [[Turn Off Group | turn a group &quot;off&quot;]] or make it an announcement group<br /> # &quot;Start A New Topic&quot; link on main page for each group.<br /> # Delivery Options When Joining - user should be able to choose delivery options upon joining a group - E-mail, Digest, &quot;Web-based&quot; (instead of web-only so we can send folks monthly update down the road)<br /> # Allow email notification of Join/Leave requests to be delivered to more than one person.<br /> # Make it so that &quot;Web Only&quot; users get a weekly/monthly topic digest along with a message. Message should be set by forum manager in Admin Panel.<br /> # Digest<br /> ## restore &lt;nowiki&gt;#&lt;/nowiki&gt; posts of Y in last 24 hours<br /> ## only include topics that have been updated since last digest OR add line &quot;Recent topics with posts older than 24 hours:&quot; <br /> # Allow Forum Manager to change email settings for any member of their group (for that group only)<br /> # Fix link widgets web admin for groups<br /> # Make it so new groups created via the web admin require no behind the scenes Zope tweaking to work.<br /> # Add ability to see &quot;Previous 20 posts&quot; on a participants profile. (NOTE: This may already be in the works)<br /> <br /> ==Lower Priorities==<br /> <br /> # Review, optimize and [http://www.cssdrive.com/index.php/main/csscompressor/ compress our CSS] to reduce initial load time<br /> # [http://www.creativyst.com/Prod/3/ Compress large javascript file(s)] to reduce initial load time<br /> # File area divergence from OGN plans - Current dual access to shared files is brilliant and should remain on E-Democracy.Org indefinitely<br /> # Add [X] rules agreement check box on register page with some rules summary text<br /> # Tell a friend feature<br /> # Double check unverified users - if a user remains &quot;unverified&quot; after 3 days send additional verification messages every week. If user remains &quot;unverified&quot; for 30 days, remove account (keep a log of accounts that are removed in this manner).<br /> # An option (on the web interface) to &quot;flag&quot; a message for forum manager attention (for example a rules violation). A &quot;flagged&quot; message might have a RED flag icon, once the forum manager has dealt with the post/problem, they might turn the flag green. By leaving a Green flag, other future readers would know that a problem was flagged and resolved.<br /> # Test GroupServer/OGN with iPhone, Pocket IE, consider css redirect tweaks for mobile navigation<br /> # (For Discussion ONLY) How about the ability for each user to set their own preference for &quot;reply to group&quot; or &quot;reply to sender.&quot;<br /> # Add link to more recent headlines from across the site at bottom or forums page list<br /> # Restore ATOM feed with condensed to latest headlines only (offers most topic diversity for feeds integrated into other websites)<br /> # User ability to turn photos on/off (so they can choose whether or not to view individuals photos while reading forum on the web).<br /> # Redo the member directory, to break the list into smaller groups. Perhaps view by letter or in groups of 50?<br /> # An ability to send all existing members a sample digest, on a one time basis only, with instructions on how to subscribe via digest.<br /> <br /> == Some Feature Ideas we think would mutually strengthen our and OGN's value ==<br /> <br /> <br /> # Date display evaluation - Isn't 14 JUL 07 easier to read that 2007-07-14? <br /> # Offer authenticated access to ATOM feeds from private groups requiring login and password information<br /> # Member Directory List enhancements - adding sortable columns of site selectable (via web admin) of profile information OR standard: Full Name, Title, Org, City, Country<br /> # Daily/weekly search-term based cross site or group specific e-mail alerts extending ATOM feed from search feature<br /> # Automatic image thumbnailer and web view display in topic/post for uploaded/attached e-mails<br /> # Flash-based video player automatically inserted in web topic/post view when simple URL is shared for YouTube and a few other popular video sites. <br /> # Flash audio player inserted to MP3 files attached or linked.<br /> # Some kind of reputation system<br /> # Post/topic &quot;recommend&quot; system that results in most recommended lists with time sorting elements<br /> # Most web viewed topics of the week per group/overall on site<br /> # Tagging via e-mail - Also recommend single word tag format used by the most popular tagging sites including youtube, flickr, del.icio.us<br /> # Tag editing, gardening<br /> # Ability to filter out users that a participant does not want to hear from (Note from Steve - I oppose things that allow people to block receipt/viewing of specific things on an ongoing basis and support concepts that help raise cream the top or encourages trolls to improve their behavior by letting them know what people think of them - however, negative vibe tool would likely be gamed by political majority to drive out minority views)<br /> <br /> == Features emerging in likely grant-funded projects ==<br /> <br /> 1. In our grant proposal to the Blandin Foundation for at least three rural Minnesota Issues Forums, we included the following text:<br /> <br /> While the GroupServer platform supports discussions, file and photograph sharing, a participant directory, and other Web 2.0 features, the new communities will be engaged in an effort to enhance this “open source” tool with new citizen media features. With each funded expansion, sharing new value across the whole of the E-Democracy.Org network is essential. A “Neighborhoods Online Forums” grant for efforts in one or two neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrant/low income/communities of color areas was recently approved for $25,000 by the MSNet fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and will mutually benefit the network including this proposed project.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> GroupServer: This is the open source tool used to host Issues Forums. It includes online discussions (e-mail/web), file sharing (including photos), and an important &quot;who’s who&quot; member directory. Enhancements based on the input of newly formed local steering committees will reflect their goals in the technology infrastructure.<br /> <br /> * WordPress: This open source blogging platform has a number of features and plug-ins making it ideal for a Community News and Life Blog. The key enhancement will be the integration of blog post e-mail distribution and comments with the local Issues Forum to sustain a critical mass for interactivity.<br /> * Aggregation: E-Democracy.Org encourages the use of popular third-party tools that support the generation of citizen media and user-driven Web 2.0 content. This was demonstrated in the Blandin Foundation funded “Voter Voices” section of the Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate (http://e-democracy.org/voices) in 2006, including YouTube video, Flickr photos, Del.icio.us links, and Upcoming event calendars. Aggregation is essential to display locally relevant content (sometimes called a “mash-up”) alongside the content generated with our own hosted technology (GroupServer, WordPress). This allows cost-effective integration of multimedia and the presentation of a dynamic community homepage with content from multiple sources.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2. In our Neighborhood Forums in high immigrant areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we included the following text (however, the total grant was about half of what we asked so this list will need to refined):<br /> <br /> Neighborhood Forum GroupServer Enhancements <br /> <br /> GroupServer is an open source tool that combines e-mail lists with web forums. It also supports file sharing. Based on input from the online survey, these are a possible set of small features that will be added under contract with the developers. Any features would then become available to any interested user of GroupServer which may be downloaded and used for free by more technically inclined non-profits and others. <br /> <br /> Draft priority new open source features <br /> <br /> * Selective Disclosure - Each forum will be given the option of providing open access to the subject lines of posts while limiting full access to those registered in the forum. This will help the forum attract new members based on the content, but not expose the full content of these very local discussions to search engines. <br /> <br /> * Announcement Submission Forms - While members can easily submit any kind of appropriate announcement via e-mail, forum rules might call for certain kinds of announcements, like garage sale notices or offers of free items (like a used couch) to be submitted via a form. This would allow the creation of intelligent digests as well as allow someone to indicate that free item from a neighbor is no longer available. <br /> <br /> * Recruitment Tools - A remote sign-up box option will allow neighborhood and other locally-focused digital justice groups to integrate a sign-up form into their website. <br /> <br /> * Headline Sharing - The creation of some simple javascript that will leverage GroupServer's existing RSS (headline) feeds to make it easy for other websites to automatically present recent headlines in their sites (like an existing neighborhood website) <br /> <br /> * File Display Enhancements – While already quite advanced, additional file sharing features that display neighborhood photos automatically as an album or video and audio files in a certain manner will be explored. Alternatively or in addition, based on our recent Voter Voices social software “tagging” and aggregation experiment – http://e-democracy.org/voices, a unique tag “mplscedarriverside” for example will be promoted to local YouTube (video), Flickr (photos), and Del.icio.us (links) user and a GroupServer page will automatically display the content from such services by using the APIs from those services on the website for a particular neighborhood forum.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=35W&diff=1130 35W 2007-08-02T06:04:48Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* Pictures */</p> <hr /> <div>This is a page to share information about the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. <br /> <br /> You may contribute/edit text and links or [[Special:Upload | upload images and files]]. You can edit without setting up an account, but its easier if you do.<br /> <br /> For discussion, including sharing opinions, please join and use the [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls Minneapolis Issues Forum].<br /> <br /> ===How You Can Help===<br /> <br /> * [http://www.redcrosstc.org/newsDetail.cfm?page=GAQJKMVV Red Cross - What You Can Do?]<br /> <br /> ===News===<br /> <br /> * [http://www.startribune.com StarTribune Coverage]<br /> ** [http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1338294.html 7 Dead, 35 Injured, 20 missing ...]<br /> ** [http://www.startribune.com/10072/rich_media/1338795.html Interactive Graphic]<br /> * [http://minnesota.publicradio.org/ Minnesota Public Radio]<br /> * [http://www.minnesotamonitor.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=DDF48875163C2D49B072F5A47C013DEF?diaryId=2156 Minnesota Monitor]<br /> * TV News - [http://wcco.com WCCO] - [http://kstp.com/ KSTP] - [http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/ KMSP] - [http://www.kare11.com/ KARE]<br /> * World Coverage - [http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/01/bridge.collapse/index.html CNN] - [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6927113.stm BBC]<br /> <br /> * Google News - [http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&amp;ned=us&amp;q=35w&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;scoring=n Latest] - [http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&amp;ned=us&amp;q=35w&amp;ie=UTF-8 Relevant]<br /> <br /> ===Pictures===<br /> <br /> Upload them to [http://www.flickr.com Flickr] and tag them &quot;[http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=mpls35W&amp;m=tags mpls35W]&quot;.<br /> * [[35W pictures]] - More Photos (Before and After)<br /> * [http://www.startribune.com/10136/gallery/1338445.html StarTribune Photo Gallery]<br /> * [http://wcco.com/slideshows/local_slideshow_213194533 WCCO TV Slideshow]<br /> * [http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/08/01_bridge/ MPR Pictures]<br /> * [http://www.johnweeks.com/bridges/pages/ms16.html John Weeks I-35 Bridge Profile and pre-collapse Pictures]<br /> * [http://www.flickr.com/map/?&amp;fLat=44.976117&amp;fLon=-93.23822&amp;zl=5 Geotagged Photos at Flickr]<br /> * Flickr Photos<br /> ** [http://www.flickr.com/photos/eb78/ ebrandt78's photos]<br /> ** [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbula/sets/72157601157531530/detail/ mrbula's photos]<br /> ** [http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamwolf/sets/72157601155421362/detail/ Adam Wolf's photos]<br /> ** [http://flickr.com/photos/s4xton/sets/72157601157770382/detail/ Noah Kunin photos]<br /> <br /> ===Video===<br /> * [[35W video]]<br /> <br /> Upload them to YouTube and tag them &quot;mpls35W&quot;.<br /> <br /> ===Maps===<br /> <br /> * [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=minneapolis&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=44.979796,-93.245087&amp;spn=0.043774,0.079651&amp;z=14&amp;om=1 Google Map] - the 35W logo is the epicenter.<br /> * [http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&amp;ll=44.978885,-93.243949&amp;spn=0.00809,0.013068&amp;t=k&amp;z=16&amp;om=1 Ariel Photo of Bridge Before Collapse]<br /> <br /> ===Government===<br /> <br /> * [http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/ City of Minneapolis News]<br /> * [http://www.511mn.org/default.asp?area=TC_Metro 511 MNDOT Traffic Conditions]<br /> ** [http://kstp.com/kstpImages/Newsroom-scan0052_0001.pdf Alternate Routes] - AAA recommendations via KSTP.com<br /> * [http://www.metrotransit.org/news/releases/release08_01_07.asp Extra Buses from Metro Transit]<br /> * [http://media.startribune.com/smedia/2007/08/01/21/bridges200110.source.prod_affiliate.2.pdf MNDOT Fatigue Evaluation of the Deck Truss of Bridge 9340] - 11MB, download via StarTribune<br /> <br /> ===More===<br /> <br /> * [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-35W_Bridge Wikipedia Story on 35W Collapse] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-35W_Bridge I-35W Bridge profile]<br /> ** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bridge_disasters Bridge Disasters]<br /> * [http://www.johnweeks.com/bridges/pages/ms16.html John Weeks I-35 Bridge Profile and Pictures]<br /> * [http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&amp;q=35w&amp;um=1&amp;tab=wb&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;as_drrb=q&amp;as_qdr=w&amp;scoring=d Blog Posts - Via Google Blog Search]<br /> <br /> === Help Edit ===<br /> <br /> If you witnessed or were part of the disaster you may add a page with your personal story. Use a name like &quot;35W Tom Smith story&quot;.<br /> <br /> This site works just like [http://www.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia] - see their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents help] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Cheatsheet how to edit] a page. You can create a page by simply typing something like - http://pages.e-democracy.org/35W_Tom_Smith_story - note the underscores &quot;_&quot; instead of spaces. (Note when you edit a page, it suggests an error on the top line. Just ignore that and type in the &quot;captcha&quot; and press return to confirm you edit.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=35W&diff=1106 35W 2007-08-02T04:07:54Z <p>209.98.138.42: /* News */</p> <hr /> <div>This is a page to share information about the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. <br /> <br /> You may contribute/edit text and links or [[Special:Upload | upload images and files]]. <br /> <br /> For discussion, including sharing opinions, please join and use the [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls Minneapolis Issues Forum].<br /> <br /> ===How You Can Help===<br /> <br /> * [http://www.redcrosstc.org/newsDetail.cfm?page=GAQJKMVV Red Cross - What You Can Do?]<br /> <br /> ===News===<br /> <br /> * [http://www.startribune.com StarTribune Coverage]<br /> ** [http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1338294.html 7 Dead, 35 Injured, 20 missing ...]<br /> * [http://minnesota.publicradio.org/ Minnesota Public Radio]<br /> <br /> * Google News - [http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&amp;ned=us&amp;q=35w&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;scoring=n Latest] - [http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&amp;ned=us&amp;q=35w&amp;ie=UTF-8 Relevant]<br /> <br /> ===Pictures===<br /> <br /> Upload them to [http://www.flickr.com Flickr] and tag them &quot;[http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=mpls35W&amp;m=tags mpls35W]&quot;.<br /> * [[35W pictures]]<br /> * [http://www.flickr.com/map/?&amp;fLat=44.976117&amp;fLon=-93.23822&amp;zl=5 Geotagged Photos at Flickr - (none yet, 8:47 PM Aug 1, 2007)]<br /> * [http://wcco.com/slideshows/local_slideshow_213194533 WCCO TV Slideshow]<br /> * [http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/08/01_bridge/ MPR Pictures]<br /> * [http://www.johnweeks.com/bridges/pages/ms16.html John Weeks I-35 Bridge Profile and pre-collapse Pictures]<br /> <br /> ===Video===<br /> * [[35W video]]<br /> <br /> Upload them to YouTube and tag them &quot;mpls35W&quot;.<br /> <br /> ===Maps===<br /> <br /> * [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=minneapolis&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=44.979796,-93.245087&amp;spn=0.043774,0.079651&amp;z=14&amp;om=1 Google Map] - the 35W logo is the epicenter.<br /> * [http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&amp;ll=44.978885,-93.243949&amp;spn=0.00809,0.013068&amp;t=k&amp;z=16&amp;om=1 Ariel Photo of Bridge Before Collapse]<br /> <br /> ===Government===<br /> <br /> * [http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/ City of Minneapolis News]<br /> * [http://www.511mn.org/default.asp?area=TC_Metro 511 MNDOT Traffic Conditions]<br /> * [http://media.startribune.com/smedia/2007/08/01/21/bridges200110.source.prod_affiliate.2.pdf MNDOT Fatigue Evaluation of the Deck Truss of Bridge 9340] - 11MB, download via StarTribune<br /> <br /> ===More===<br /> <br /> * [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-35W_Bridge Wikipedia Story on 35W Collapse] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-35W_Bridge I-35W Bridge profile]<br /> * [http://www.johnweeks.com/bridges/pages/ms16.html John Weeks I-35 Bridge Profile and Pictures]<br /> * [http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&amp;q=35w&amp;um=1&amp;tab=wb&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;as_drrb=q&amp;as_qdr=w&amp;scoring=d Blog Posts - Via Google Blog Search]<br /> <br /> <br /> === Help Edit ===<br /> <br /> If you witnessed or were part of the disaster you may add a page with your personal story. Use a name like &quot;35W Tom Smith story&quot;.<br /> <br /> This site works just like [http://www.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia] - see their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents help] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Cheatsheet how to edit] a page. You can create a page by simply typing something like - http://pages.e-democracy.org/35W_Tom_Smith_story - note the underscores &quot;_&quot; instead of spaces. (Note when you edit a page, it suggests an error on the top line. Just ignore that and type in the &quot;captcha&quot; and press return to confirm you edit.</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Start_A_Forum&diff=918 Start A Forum 2007-07-15T20:31:08Z <p>209.98.138.42: </p> <hr /> <div>{{Launch}}<br /> <br /> This is a work in progress. We do not expect this page to be complete until the end of July. <br /> <br /> The idea, is that this will become a fully &quot;linked&quot; and &quot;referenced&quot; self-help worksheet for anyone interested in launching a successful Issues Forum in their own community. Each new group will set-up a copy of this page and enter the details/check off items as they are complete.<br /> <br /> Please, feel free to offer edits, just understand that you are working on an early draft.<br /> <br /> ==10 Steps to an Issues Forum==<br /> <br /> ===1) Set up an E-Democracy.Org &quot;wiki&quot; account===<br /> <br /> This portion of our site is a wiki. To use this template, you should set up a &quot;wiki&quot; account with us. Your wiki account will give you deeper access to the &quot;pages&quot; portion [http://pages.e-democracy.org pages.e-democracy.org] of the E-Democracy.Org web site. Unfortunately, your account (should you have one) in the &quot;forums&quot; portion [http://forums.e-democracy.org forums.e-democracy.org]of our website does not work here. We are working on linking the two, but it might take a while.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===2) Do background research===<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===3) Identify a steering committee===<br /> <br /> Identify at least 5 people to serve on your steering committee. Your steering committee should not be a group of people with the same political and organizational affiliations within the community. Try to find a small group of people that:<br /> <br /> * Has some degree of political diversity <br /> * Includes some racial or gender diversity<br /> * Is able to set aside their personal agendas to create a non-partisan space fro public discussion<br /> <br /> '''Enter at least five names here''' (its ok to use first names only):<br /> <br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- add lines if necessary -''<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===4) Set-up forum for your group to begin organizing===<br /> <br /> Ask E-Democracy.Org to set-up space for your group to begin organizing at: [http://forums.e-democracy.org E-Democracy.Org]<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===5) Do &quot;charter&quot; worksheet===<br /> <br /> '''Not yet developed'''<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===6) Have a face to face meeting===<br /> <br /> * -- Pick a date and time -- ''[http://www.meetingwizard.com/ MeetingWizard.Com]''<br /> * -- Select a location (we recommend a relaxed atmosphere and easy to access location, like a community coffee shop)<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===7) Identify a forum manager===<br /> <br /> * Insert name here.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===8) Recruit at least 100 participants===<br /> <br /> '''To Do: (move to &quot;Done&quot; as completed)'''<br /> <br /> * Create a sign up sheet ''(see template - when available)''<br /> * Invite local elected officials ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Invite local government staff ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Invite local reporters (print, video, and internet) ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Invite local community organizers ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Send invitation to other online groups with community focus <br /> * Identify at least one community event to attend and pass out sign up sheet<br /> <br /> '''Done:'''<br /> <br /> * ''Move items from &quot;To Do&quot; list to here as they are completed.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===9) Organize a Kick-Off Event===<br /> <br /> You can make this as simple or elaborate as you like. Anything from a &quot;happy hour&quot; at local gathering place or party at someones home, to a more structured event with rented room and scheduled presentations.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ===10) Launch Forum===<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Start_A_Forum&diff=917 Start A Forum 2007-07-15T20:26:23Z <p>209.98.138.42: </p> <hr /> <div>{{Launch}}<br /> <br /> This is a work in progress. We do not expect this page to be complete until the end of July. <br /> <br /> The idea, is that this will become a fully &quot;linked&quot; and &quot;referenced&quot; self-help worksheet for anyone interested in launching a successful Issues Forum in their own community. Each new group will set-up a copy of this page and enter the details/check off items as they are complete.<br /> <br /> Please, feel free to offer edits, just understand that you are working on an early draft.<br /> <br /> ===10 Steps to an Issues Forum===<br /> <br /> ==Set up an E-Democracy.Org &quot;wiki&quot; account==<br /> <br /> This portion of our site is a wiki. To use this template, you should set up a &quot;wiki&quot; account with us. Your wiki account will give you deeper access to the &quot;pages&quot; portion [http://pages.e-democracy.org pages.e-democracy.org] of the E-Democracy.Org web site. Unfortunately, your account (should you have one) in the &quot;forums&quot; portion [http://forums.e-democracy.org forums.e-democracy.org]of our website does not work here. We are working on linking the two, but it might take a while.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Do background research==<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Identify a steering committee==<br /> <br /> Identify at least 5 people to serve on your steering committee. Your steering committee should not be a group of people with the same political and organizational affiliations within the community. Try to find a small group of people that:<br /> <br /> * Has some degree of political diversity <br /> * Includes some racial or gender diversity<br /> * Is able to set aside their personal agendas to create a non-partisan space fro public discussion<br /> <br /> '''Enter at least five names here''' (its ok to use first names only):<br /> <br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- replace with name -''<br /> # ''- add lines if necessary -''<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Set-up forum for your group to begin organizing==<br /> <br /> Ask E-Democracy.Org to set-up space for your group to begin organizing at: [http://forums.e-democracy.org E-Democracy.Org]<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Do &quot;charter&quot; worksheet==<br /> <br /> '''Not yet developed'''<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Have a face to face meeting==<br /> <br /> * -- Pick a date and time -- ''[http://www.meetingwizard.com/ MeetingWizard.Com]''<br /> * -- Select a location (we recommend a relaxed atmosphere and easy to access location, like a community coffee shop)<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Identify a forum manager==<br /> <br /> * Insert name here.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Recruit at least 100 participants==<br /> <br /> '''To Do: (move to &quot;Done&quot; as completed)'''<br /> <br /> * Create a sign up sheet ''(see template - when available)''<br /> * Invite local elected officials ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Invite local government staff ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Invite local reporters (print, video, and internet) ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Invite local community organizers ''(add sample email)''<br /> * Send invitation to other online groups with community focus <br /> * Identify at least one community event to attend and pass out sign up sheet<br /> <br /> '''Done:'''<br /> <br /> * ''Move items from &quot;To Do&quot; list to here as they are completed.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Organize a Kick-Off Event==<br /> <br /> You can make this as simple or elaborate as you like. Anything from a &quot;happy hour&quot; at local gathering place or party at someones home, to a more structured event with rented room and scheduled presentations.<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''<br /> <br /> ==Launch Forum==<br /> <br /> ''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''</div> 209.98.138.42 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Relauch_of_Metro_Issues&diff=234 Relauch of Metro Issues 2006-10-02T14:35:57Z <p>209.98.138.42: </p> <hr /> <div>Return to [[Metro Issues Forum]]<br /> <br /> ===Relaunching the Twin Cities Metro Issues Forum===<br /> <br /> The light rail and various stadium debates have sparked interest in re-invigorating our largely dormant [http://www.e-democracy.org/tcmetro/ TC Metro Issues Forum].<br /> <br /> Because, E-Democracy.Org relies on a volunteer model to maintain and support our forums, any real attempt to re-launch the Metro Issues Forum will require the support of at least 8 volunteers willing to participate on an informal steering committee and at least one person to volunteer as Forum Manager.<br /> <br /> Once we've gotten 8 folks to sign up here as volunteers, I'll try to schedule a meeting and we can look seriously at relaunching the Metro Issues Forum. Click &quot;edit&quot; and add your name to the list: support@forums.e-democracy.org<br /> <br /> # - Tim Erickson<br /> # - David A. Greene<br /> # - Rick Mons<br /> # - Dann Dobson<br /> # - <br /> # - <br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> <br /> Can't serve on committee at this time, but want to support/participate in Metro Issues Forum.<br /> <br /> # - David Unowsky<br /> # - Bill Kahn (may have time for committee later)<br /> # -<br /> # -<br /> <br /> <br /> For more infomation about our existing Metro Issues Forum: http://www.e-democracy.org/tcmetro/</div> 209.98.138.42