Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Re: Internet Working Group - Volunteer Information Form
From: Antonio Serna
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:16:52 -0400

Since v2.0 of the website is WP + buddypress, I'm was trying out simple WP plugin solutions for posting wants/need for both resources and projects (in this case art projects for the A&C Committee)

So, I found two plugins, super simple to incorporate and use

Your Classified Ads

One Quick Post for front end posting to classifieds

I've tested them and they seem to do the job. Users can be up and posting in less than 5 steps. Maybe less if we need.


On 10/11/11 12:27 PM, Chaz wrote:
Can we also use the #owstech room to collaborate?
It would also be swell if someone attending the meetings on the ground
could post minutes to this group so we can all stay apprised of ideas/


On Oct 11, 12:09 pm, Todd Grayson<>  wrote:
If someone could represent the online volunteer tool discussions that is
present in the working group meetings (OWS or IWG) that would be great.
I'm neutral to how the tool is realized, and I'm not sure if this is
something already in progress / being built by either team we could get
this pulled together regardless of choice quickly to enable working
groups to gather volunteers and understand their skillsets for ongoing
project resourcing.



On 10/11/2011 10:04 AM, Chaz wrote:

I love the idea of volunteer/skill sign-ins.
The amount of traffic and interest in this group is growing which is

Can we add a sticky on this list that enumerates the current
technologies/initiatives that are in progress.
Something like:
The ITG is working to create and maintain the information technology
face of OWS. We are looking for volunteers with ideas and experience
in a wide array technologies. We would like to focus on open source
products to further our cause as much as possible. Presently we are
looking for volunteers with experience in these areas:
- Web/*nix server administration (LAMP, mail, DNS etc)
- WordPress provisioning/administration
- Group Collaboration software
- Mobile platform accessibility
- ADA Compliance testing / Accessibility
- GIS/Mapping applications (openlayers, mapserver)

When people join the group they can find out what technologies are
being used and volunteer.
Also, if people have equipment/resources to donate we can try to get
them the information for doing so or the people that can help


On Oct 11, 10:24 am, Mark Pruce<>    wrote:
Yeah, it wouldn't be like migrating an entire site off a CMS. Its just a
spreadsheet and if a better solution comes along next week - we can
implement that and copy the information. Maybe we could set up a forwarding
URL people so can switch seamlessly
in the future.

Am fully aware of the hesitations about google, but I figured that we are
using a google groups for now also, they can be our jumping off point.

- M

Mark Pruce
Freelance Designer

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:16 AM, Chris Hoffman

Yeah, this is the idea.  Let us know if this is becomes an approved method,
and I'll plug in my info.
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM, Todd Grayson<>wrote:
   Wow... this is very handy. Very good idea as a tool IMHO this is very
useful. There is concern about aggregating things on google from various
members as well, however.
We should review with FLO if an open based solution for this was already
in progress or can be provided (php form to mysql back end with report
tool), and where it can be hosted is identified.  But the idea is 1) rock
solid 2) extremely helpful.
Thanks for the working prototype/idea. As FLO is able to respond and IWG
is able to evaluate we should be able to decide quickly (start here move to
open solution, etc).
IMHO the goal will be to leverage technology as available until more open
solutions can be put in place by the flo team as they are able to address
them.  So it might be where we "start out here" and "end up in a FLO based
Again, thank you very much for this.  IMHO this is something that
can/should be implemented quickly to help marshal what and who we have
On 10/11/2011 7:59 AM, Mark Pruce wrote:
I created this simple Google Doc Form to gather all volunteers'
information in one place. Please excuse the lame template - it was done in
10 minutes because I think we need something like this.
   Unless anyone has any strong objections - I say anyone with an interest
in volunteering should be sent to fill out this form and the next time
anyone from the working group has a need for a specific skill, they can go
reference the spreadsheet.
   As noted in the form's instructions: all information is open to the
public (and saved in a google doc), so people are urged to keep that in mind
if listing a phone number, for example. Anyone can see it but no one except
me can edit it because I don't think there will be a need for that.
   Speak up if you think this is a terrible idea, otherwise - fill it out
if you have skills to volunteer.
   The results spreadsheet is set to be available to anyone with a link -
which means it should not show up in search results or anything, but all you
need to do it click on the link below or fill out the form itself to see the
   Feedback is welcome, I hope this is helpful.
   - Mark
Mark Pruce
Freelance Designer
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