Great question. Here are some thoughts: 1) Complete the official ZM Project Protocol.
What constitutes an official ZM site or development project? This document (already emerging in the wiki) would answer this question, describe the organization structure of the Programming Sub-Team, describe how meetings are conducted, how ideas should be presented to the group, how a project is proposed, submitted, accepted, developed, integrated, maintained, etc. This protocol could extend perhaps into design/layout specifications in order to promote a cohesive appearance across all ZM web projects, lending an air of legitimacy and stability to the movement overall. 2) Unify websites and user data across the movement. It is widely recognized that ZM users have splintered off into various areas of the main site, various 3rd party sites, and elsewhere, establishing distinct and separate logins, profiles and communities, self-organizing and self-directing in ways that may or may not be in accordance with the goals of the movement. While the proliferation of ZM-related sites is positive and contributes to the growth of the movement, it can also have a negative effect on organization and communication. To achieve unification across the movement requires a centralized medium for the flow of data. This could be realized as an API to the main database that allows read and write access to user info and profile information. Such a system would allow all existing and future external apps/websites to tie into the central database, strengthening the network and preventing splintering/pyramiding of web communities. The main website and its database should serve as the central data hub to which all externally developed apps are required to interface. 3) Improve guidance to newcomers. After filling out the initial email form on the main site, a new user is let loose to explore the site, relatively unguided. Free exploration is great, but we do have a goal. We want to engage our newcomers, identify their interests and guide them toward opportunities for communication, contribution and activism. By capturing some additional information about our new users, we can deliver a customized roadmap of interest-specific information that guides them through the next steps of involvement: Creating a full profile, getting onto IRC, setting up Mumble, joining Teams, etc. A step-by-step checklist to answer the ubiquitous question: "What do I do now?" This information exists in various areas, but organizing it all into a document that is delivered via email and appears on the page immediately following email registration will give the bewildered masses a sense of direction. There's a ton of information on the site, and it can be overwhelming for newcomers. Let's work to improve their experience and provide some friendly hand-holding. 4) Programming Team Newsletter. We're doing a lot of great work. Many on this team are working ungodly hours on important projects and ideas. Despite this, people continue to ask us why we're not doing anything. We need to communicate our progress and our successes to the community. This could be done through a periodic news report on the main site and an e-newsletter (or subsection of the main ZM newsletter) summarizing recent achievements. 5) Solve the forum moderation issues. Replacing politics and personal decision-making with automated moderation, where possible, will decrease conflict and lead to a happier community. 6) Minimize operating costs. Obviously important to an all-volunteer, effectively income-less organization. Several ideas are developing on this front. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- In summary, I would like to see our goals be centered around organization and communication, starting with the main ZM website. I believe the main site and its constituent parts (forums, wiki, etc) should receive the bulk of our attention as this fledgling team grows. It is there that the movement starts and ends for the majority of visitors. The site to-date is an amazing achievement of several dedicated, selfless contributors. Opening up development to the community, as is occurring, will further nurture the site into its next stage of evolution. Once we have achieved a healthy, user-friendly, seamless main website we can redirect our attention to external, supportive projects. TheZeitgeistMovement.com is our face to the world. Let's make it shine for 2010. -Zuke On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 11:09 AM, vince spicer <vinces1...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hey all, > > The holidays are over and now it is time to get back work! > > I had one question for the team. > > What is our goal for 2010? > > Or what are some suggestions for team goals. > > Vince > > _______________________________________________ > Mailing list: > https://launchpad.net/~zm-developers<https://launchpad.net/%7Ezm-developers> > Post to : email@example.com > Unsubscribe : > https://launchpad.net/~zm-developers<https://launchpad.net/%7Ezm-developers> > More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp > >
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