|Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Digest for firstname.lastname@example.org - 10 Messages in 8 Topics|
|From: Ted Schulman |
|Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:30:45 -0400|
- E-fundraising [2 Updates]
- Internet SubGroups/ Objectives? [2 Updates]
- Occupy Together Hackathon - Friday, Oct 14, 12pm-9pm [1 Update]
- ows.offline [1 Update]
- library is in the house! [1 Update]
- request to form sub-group: nycga.net / nycga.cc site migration [1 Update]
- Panix hosting - starting initial dialog on technology roadmap [1 Update]
- do you own the dns for nycga.net / nycga.cc? [1 Update]
Sean McKeown <email@example.com> Oct 15 12:12AM -0400 ^
You might want to bring Legal into this conversation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, he's the point of contact I know of on the legal team and can possibly give some very good advice.
-- Sean McKeown
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Don't carry the world upon your shoulders.
For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder...
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:08:28 -0400
Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] E-fundraising
He posted a generic email from victoria.
If he has the choice to post nycga links by posting his own he is.litterally dipping into our funds and taking 8%. If he moves forward and starts 100 more he could drown out our donation link (a little considering we have the domain .org)
Does anyone have finances email?
Peter said he'd take care of it but now this guy is posting an email from victoria that says "hello everyone"
On Oct 14, 2011 3:54 PM, "Bailey McCann" <email@example.com> wrote:
I dunno if anyone has looked into the Nation Builder suite but it's created by activists for activists to fix these sort of disparate fundraising issues.
Sent from my iPhone
On Oct 14, 2011, at 3:47 PM, Chaz Cheadle <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
That should get addressed to the GA and Finance.
Where monies are accepted from is very important and should be a GA decision, and the Finance will have to deal with it. The new website should include an area for taking questions to be addressed by the GA.
On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM, Tim Pool <email@example.com> wrote:
There is a new wepay set up for OWS that apparently has the blessing of finance
However he is taking 8% for support costs plus 3.5% for wepay
He was originally raising money for tents until I asked him about it.
He took information from my profile on facebook and started telling people
That our general fund,was under attack and to give to him.
I tried telling him taking 11.5% is not needed when all he has to do
is post the nycga link.
He is a professional fundraiser (as am I) probably just trying to make money.
When I talked to him he accused me of trolling and lying.
Are we ok with ppl raising money for us online and "earmarking" 8% for
As a fundraiser myself I am worried about where this will end up.
He has stated to mr he is going to start 100 wepay accounts.
evy brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> Oct 14 10:38PM -0700 ^
Might want to bring Legal into the conversation? Hello! You must report
these interlopers to legal immediately and alert the authorities. It was my
understanding the organization is a nonprofit that accepted donation for the
occupy wall street groups. If someone is redirecting donations to
themselves, it's fraud! The IRS does not take kindly to anyone misusing the
nonprofit tax exempt status to mislead the public. This is a state attorney
general issue too.
> his costs?
> As a fundraiser myself I am worried about where this will end up.
> He has stated to mr he is going to start 100 wepay accounts.
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Jake <email@example.com> Oct 14 08:34PM -0700 ^
All great points. Lots of awesome insight and important questions.
Both the technical and logistical challenges of building this new site
on the necessary timeline have sometimes forced compromises in the
ideals of communication and collaboration workflow. That said,
everyone who has been working directly on the site got in the loop in
the exact same way: by just showing up and being persistent and
pushing to be as involved as possible, and taking initiative, and
being proactive, and all that stuff. I really think that your
involvement is what you make of it. I have also noticed that the best
way to jump in is, when you see a gap, fill it. If it looks to you
like something isn't being addressed, just start addressing it in an
awesome way, and everyone will love it and be forever grateful. The
last two weeks (since I got here) have demonstrated that phenomenon
For those that want to get more involved in the nuts and bolts of the
process right now, we are working 24/7 and there is almost always
someone in the open IRC channel nycga-iwg on freenode. A lot of the
daily conversation about the moment-by-moment development of the site
happens there and it is a great way to join in the process, be a part
of the ongoing conversation in real time, and start jumping on tasks
as they come up. This IRC channel was, of course, announced publicly
on the google group, but as you noted, the threads get lost and the
leads get buried in a somewhat frustrating way. For that reason, we
have been trying to reach out to regulars on the google group here
(like Todd G) to act as google group "moderators" or greeters almost.
They could pass along info and try to keep a sense of institutional
memory on the constantly moving, evolving conversation here.
Also, as far as I know, since I have been here, the IWG has always
stuck to its published official meeting times/places. The next one of
these is on Sunday at 6:00 PM. We will meet near the info desk in
Liberty Plaza and move on from there. As I understand it, the main
focus of the meeting is going to be discussing how to organize
ourselves going forward, how to better integrate offers of help, how
to divide our resources, and how to keep evolving the site. now that
we have passed the main hurdle of getting something online and public.
I really hope you can make it!
Sean McKeown <firstname.lastname@example.org> Oct 15 01:00AM -0400 ^
This is Thing #1 to me, and why I have been trying to get involved. Thankfully, because I have been lucky enough to not be entirely alone when I tried to get this moving but accidentally next to a programmer who was volunteering his time, I was able to pick the ear of Jim Yalta (email@example.com) who hopefully has managed to get subscribed to this list by now or will be shortly.
Jim has been working on the Facebook social media plugin via Drupal, though he has flexibility and can work on other things as-needed to ensure cross-compatability. Jim has been working on building a forums system that can be used instead of the obviously-atrocious extant forum on www.occupywallst.org that was unorganized, unmoderated, and borderline unusable. I sent him a few links to point out what I was thinking of conceptually, and he has hit the ground running and been flying that way ever since, a quick convert to the system I have seen emerging in places over the past few months and how to use it as a tool for growing the movement.
I believe 100% that sewing the Occupy Wall Street movement and the conversations contained within the movement onto Facebook publicly is the direction we need to take. Using the Facebook social media plugin has the barrier of requiring you use your real name, a variety of non-identity options that are nonetheless somewhat limited in scope, or making a Facebook page under a pseudonym or as a Public Figure page, so it does have *some* barriers to cross for the user to contribute to the conversation. However, that said, these barriers are actually *good*, because it disincentivizes trolling - your words carry your face, your reputation, and your weight in a way that just being HowardRoark in the forums does not. (Don't look him up, your eyes will bleed and you will not thank me.) Sure, there are those who think that publishing anything that might track back to their identity is a horribly bad thing that is going to cause them major problems, but the system can be fooled and it accepts dummy email accounts readily if you do the little bit of work to do so, and let's face it anyone who walks into Zucotti Park with a cell phone in their pocket is already conceding the personal identity protection question whether they wear a mask at the protest or not. The disincentives of having to use something that ties to your identity here are actually pretty small, and while not negligible they are easily worth the cost of admission.
What we get out of this is actually HUGE. What brought *me* into this movement was seeing some of my friends discussing Occupy Wall Street and their experiences there, finding them to be very well thought out and astonishingly sane, and thinking that instead of looking down my nose at #OWS I should give it some critical thought and a chance to prove itself to me. It has, I'm on board, and am trying to help give the movement the tools it needs to grow and find its message and the solutions that will come in the future as the movement grows... because I am confident that as it attains a critical mass of size that these questions will be crowdsourced, and begin to appear through conversation and research as an emergent property of the movement itself, if we simply bring it openly to the world and continue our non-violent, intelligent movement where everyone can see it. A lot of people who might feel some resistance or hesitance to the movement "because they don't know anyone in it" will have the opportunity to learn that they do, in fact, know someone in the movement, be able to ask questions and receive answers, or just see meaningful and important discussions beginning to appear around them more and more as the fundamental questions and be drawn into the dialogue.
The social media tools we have available to us are amazingly powerful, and will if successfully implemented cause an explosion of growth for the movement as it begins to sew together all of the disparate groups in shared discussion, purposeful fact-searching and everyone climbing the learning curve together via the power of social media in its current form. The signal will spread, ideas will be shared, and instead of being a movement about a place it will be a movement about an idea; it will grow from "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" to "These are the things that need to change, and here is how we fix the numerous and disparate problems we have diagnosed". I don't want to steer the movement - I consider myself a rational human being and try to be informed but have no convincing reason to believe my thoughts and perspectives on the nitty gritty details are any more right than anyone else's, so I am not married to any of the perspectives I am walking into this with, I want to find the right answer (a process we can follow) instead of provide my answers (a result that may be fallacious). I do however want the movement to live up to its potential, and use the tools that technology has made available to us, which includes the power to take advantage of the fact that a larger-every-day percentage of America and the world is on Facebook, and the conversation can spread and grow, because it is the conversation and the search for the problems and their answers that is to me what this movement is about.
Rather than spout philosophy, I am going to give you a link, the link that proved to me recently just how powerful the intersection of Facebook social media, Twitter, and discussion can be. The article in question is about females in the niche environment of competitive Magic: the Gathering play, but you can skip over it entirely (or read it, if you want, it's long but interesting and meant to be readable to the non-player since it talks about nerd culture more broadly instead of just that game specifically). What is worth noticing is the *forum* at the bottom - a website that routinely got 5-15 comments on a forum thread, and literally capped out at a hundred for its record-breaking response in the prior decade, easily exploded with Facebook integration - people who had never even heard of the website were commenting, sharing, and discussing with their friends and family, and sharing information over long-reaching networked connections thanks to Facebook that was literally a sea change in how their social networking functioned. We should be harnessing that existing network to spread our conversation as well, for which I believe the Facebook Social Media plugin to be absolutely vital... and conveniently Jim has been working on coding it, so hopefully he can present you with some sort of work product either now or soon, so that you can include this into the upcoming releases. It is the methodology that corresponds with the ideals Occupy Wall Street has stated, and uses existing social media networks to spread its message in a powerful way that will assist Occupy Wall Street in achieving its goals of finding a solution to that which ails us. A million brains working together were able to crowdsource a solution to folding a protein for cancer researchers by playing a video game, the power of this tool to get ourselves and those around us engaged in discussion, comparison, and fact-checking will be a game-changer for Occupy Wall Street.
The link is here, to Geordie Tait's "To My Someday Daughter". The example is mostly to point you towards the forum at the bottom of the page, though if you have a spare hour for pleasurable reading at some point you may enjoy the link for its own merits even if the writer's methodology and argumentation is in some places flawed. :)
-- Sean McKeown
By making his world a little colder...
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:08:39 -0400
Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Internet SubGroups/ Objectives?
You have hit the nail on the head. There are many questions being asked and no flow of useful information (yet). It is very nebulous as to who has any power of decision making, or where if any input can be funneled. Numerous people have been begging to help get involved and we are only met with decisions that have already been made. And when those decisions are made, very little information is shared with the group to let us know the direction of progress so again, we unable to lend a hand.
Your questions are VERY relevant to this enterprise and ones which I don't have a sense were ever considered, or at least not addressed to the group. I can only suggest that we keep asking for information and offering advice.
This site and web presence demand a great deal responsibility as it is a major face for our movement. The interest people have shown clearly indicates that there is manpower to move whichever technologies are in place forward and maintain them. That said, we should pick the most appropriate technology that can address some of these questions.
I say all that to say this- we can ask the questions- now lets answer them!
We can get some feedback about what we IWGers think should go into this, but after its initial incarnation, I think it should be reopened for GA discussion and approval. We don't want people thinking we're not responsible to the people and therefore not their voice.
For your questions, I'll start with my $0.0134 (after taxes):
1) Lets provide forum for people to discuss ideas and the ability to add polls to them. The forum should be unmoderated by the admins, but governed by the users with the caveat that illegal activities be removable.
2) Do you mean cataloging documents or version tracking?
3) Allow users to create accounts on the site or remain anonymous and join participate in forum/discussion groups (possibly allow OpenID, facebook logins)
4) Allow for a rating/voting system to let users self-govern topics
5) I think as an internet formatted collaboration tool subjective polling is fine- the 'real' results will come from action committees affecting real world outcomes.
I think it is important to keep in mind that we are the architects of this first and foremost. If we also wish to participate on the site that is excellent, but it is our charge to make the site usable by the admins and the users, not use what is easiest and familiar to us. We may be perfectly familiar with one technology, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't evaluate other tools which may better serve the purpose and the community.
We should definitely keep this discussion going so that we can continue to keep the website actively on track.
On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM, felipe <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I gather from this list that you are working hard on getting the MU WP
site off the ground but I'd like to ask if there is a place where
folks are posting what they are up to and how they need help? Without
this kind of a "map" it makes it difficult for folks to get involved.
Yesterday I went to Charlotte's place at 1pm, and didn't see anyone
from the IWG. Ditto for the FLO meeting, in theory held under the red
sculpture at 3.
I get that folks are working hard to get the new site up, I guess this
is a plea to put more time into directing people who want to get
involved on how to do so. For instance, who is currently dealing with
questions like these:
1) what mechanisms will be put in place to absorb suggestions from the
2) what collaborative document authoring protocols will be put in
place to allow for iteration?
3) how are we mapping identity, quantifying assent/dissent, and
encouraging/discouraging groupings of viewpoints?
4) in the case of wide-ranging discussion with sensitive topics, are
we allowing anonymity (encryption?) pros/cons?
5) what process is in place to allow a "meta" development of consensus
- agreement and voting/iteration of the norms of agreement itself,
therefore legitimating the outcome further?
If this movement is to attain critical mass, questions like these
should be being discussed openly. Since we're almost upon the 1 month
mark of the occupation, I wonder aloud where this discussion is
happening, and why it isn't being flagged, loud and clear, off the
main NYCGA website as either a subgroup of InternetWG, or a hybrid of
sorts with the FacilitationWG. For a movement that depends upon
digital communication for survival, how is it that the conversation
about what the main platform will allow is obscure? I've only seen
Drupal vs Wordpress threads, but nothing regarding the intention of
the software, research pointing to best practices, etc.
If this is more of a FLO question, I'll post this there as well. I
guess the point is, I don't know where to go to find answers to these
questions within OWS, and this is frustrating because it amounts to
information hoarding, which is the opposite of transparency. Does it
matter that it's happening unintentionally?
MIC CHECK!! What groups are you a part of, when do you meet, and where
will you be posting this information so others can find it and join
you? (ie in addition to replies to this thread, which will be buried
and inaccessible to most b/c they won't know to look for it)
in the spirit of open collaboration,
Ori Livneh <email@example.com> Oct 15 12:08AM -0400 ^
There's a good entry on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon
The "hack" in "hackathon" carries the sense of creative exploration and
casual software engineering, not breaking into systems illegally. It
basically means a bunch of techies get together to work on stuff
collaboratively and to enjoy each other's company.
Dan Phiffer <firstname.lastname@example.org> Oct 14 08:53PM -0700 ^
I just wanted to introduce myself and my project, ows.offline. It's
very simple forum software I built to run on an autonomous wifi router
running OpenWRT. It's designed to be used independently of the broader
internet, thus narrowing its audience to those within range of the
wireless signal. I'm hoping it might serve as a useful resource to
folks in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere.
Here's a diagram that might explain how it works:
I've written about it in more detail here:
Source code is available here:
And there's a test installation here:
I'm curious what you guys think -- if it's relevant to the working
group, or if you know anyone I should get in touch with. I think the
biggest challenges are making sure it stays plugged in and out of the
elements, and getting the word out to people who might benefit from a
local (offline) forum.
(I did a test run on a router in the park a few days ago, but it seems
to have gone missing in the shuffle. I do have another one, but I'm
hoping to be a little more careful with deployment in v2.0.)
Jake <email@example.com> Oct 14 08:04PM -0700 ^
The search feature in the groups directory also works very well.
On Oct 14, 9:03 am, Margarete Koenen <margaretekoe...@gmail.com>
Jake <firstname.lastname@example.org> Oct 14 08:03PM -0700 ^
Thanks so much for taking lead on this Tom. Makes me feel very
confident that it will be handled well. And I'm very much looking
forward to having the infrastructure in place.
Two notes about your list:
I am Jake D (not G) and Jessica is Jessica Yazbek.
Thanks! Excited to get this done.
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