Meeting conducted at 09:00 Eastern / 14:00 UTC / 15:00 CET
U.S. Dial-in number: 408.915.6466
Meeting ID: 4569610770
- Ron McFarland
- Ben Owens
- Jonas Rosland
- Jimmy Sjölund
- Bryan Behrenshausen
- Discussion of potential new Japanese prime ministers
- Discussion of video gaming, game preservation, the Open Organization RPG, and gamification in open source
- @jonasrosland reveals a mint-in-box Nintendo Color TV-Game 6. @Bryan wants it.
- @ronmcfarl checks on status of his article (clarifies some edits he’s requesting).
Notes on new platforms
- Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office (our project’s sponsor) has invested in a few tools communities can use to connect with audiences while social distancing. We now have access to both Crowdcast and Hopin, two tools for conducting virtual events.
- Crowdcast is tailored for one-off events with smaller numbers of attendees. Hopin is suited for multi-day events drawing larger crowds. Should we wish to host a speaker, an event, or a multi-day workshop, we may use these tools (and our presentations would carry standard “Supported by Red Hat” endorsement branding as a result).
- We’ll keep these platforms in mind if we continue noodling on community workshop and broadcast ideas.
- We’ve been working hard on a new website, and a preliminary, “minimum viable product” is online. Time to begin iterating. Feedback welcome and encouraged.
- Chat with @Bryan, @laura, and @jonasrosland, open an issue in the site’s GitHub repo or make a pull request if you want to get involved. And please do get involved!
- @Jimmy filed some issues this morning; @Bryan will follow up on them (@Bryan asks @Jimmy for impressions of kanban board)
- @Jimmy is going to get an issue backlog started; high-priority item will be constructing an ambassador community directory page
- @ronmcfarl suggests ideas for including more multimedia on the site in its next iteration, specifically recorded interviews (audio and/or video)
- @ben.openwaypbl would like to see more images in the next iteration
- @jonasrosland suggests that in-site links should come first; off-site links should be to the right, maybe even a different color, to indicate that you’re leaving the page
Guide to Distributed Teamwork
- Now that the website beta is live, @Bryan can focus more attention on this project. It’s coming along nicely, but needs some additional gasoline if it’s really going to catch fire. Hope to do that this fall with a formal release by the end of the year.
- New chapters from @bcotton and Sim Zacks arrived this week; @Bryan to start editing right away
A discourse on Discourse
- At office hours in August, @jenkelchner held a productive discussion about the future of our mailing list, our use of Discourse as a community engagement platform, and the overall future direction of our community engagement online. This continues @bcotton’s excellent observations on these same issues. The group developed a number of items for ambassador community discussion and deliberation, and @jenkelchner has documented them in a thread. Let’s specifically discuss the “decisions that need making,” as listed in that document.
- @jonasrosland : Suggests retaining the mailing list but using it for announcements only; shift everything else to Discourse and open new sections for contributors to engage.
- @ben.openwaypbl : Raises the issue of a synchronous chat platform. Would this also benefit the community? We discuss the merits of chat platforms as well as the drawbacks (with regard to creating a community knowledge commons we can build on and link to). We agree to revisit the issue of a chat platform in the future.
- @ronmcfarl Would like to see us converting readers to contributors by using Discourse callouts in articles. At the moment we have no real way to engaging with readers unless they leave a comment on Opensource.com or find their way to GitHub. We could be more deliberate about cultivating conversation.
Decided We will convert the mailing list to an announcement only list, and will open Discourse to community members who aren’t ambassadors. @Bryan configure Discourse this week and send a note to the mailing list announcing the change. The goal is to have community discussion occur principally at
- @ben.openwaypbl : Working with a non-profit, non-partisan in North Carolina focused on K‒12 education to broker an online conversation between government representatives, legal experts, educators, administrators, scholars. Ben is seeking participants
- @jonasrosland : Working to publish open source project and community engagement/participation guidelines and best practices at and for VMware.
- @ronmcfarl : Finalizing a series on globalization and open organizations. The next series is going to be about “innovation” and its history. The goal is to demonstrate how openness has been a catalyst for innovation throughout history. Also doing research on the nature of “work.” How is work changing?
- @Bryan: Editing newly submitted chapters for Leaders Manual and Guide to Distributed Teamwork.