Subject: [NYCGA Internet] developing chat system for online GA
From: William Leibzon
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 01:28:16 -0400

Hi guys,

I'd like to develop chat system for doing GA meetings on the internet,
similar to NY GA at liberty square. This will come useful in the
winter months and as movement grows in general. Being ambitious what I
basically want to see is system that can handle 1000 or more users (up
to 10,000 really) meeting in common chat-room on a facilitated online

If there are others interested in this please feel free to reply. I'll
go at it alone (I'm open-source programmer and systems architect) but
I'd like to see a team of people working on it plus I'm really a
systems person (unix developer) and so not so great at web programming
and UI. On this point what I see as most important here is web
interface, most likely AJAX and in the future it should work with
mobile phones or at the very least pads. What I have in mind would be
similar to standard chat (google chat, facebook) but would also have a
few extra buttons for hand signals, i.e. "spirit fingers" for
approval, hand down in disapproval, etc. There would also be a stack
window where one can add himself when he/she wants to speak and
facilitator would be responsible for "giving voice" (allowing to post
on chat room) to person on the stack or on the agenda. A 3rd window I
see for this system should have an agenda but possibly just standard
web will do there.

If you think this is a worthy project and are interested in helping to
develop this (it'll be open-source of course) or if you know of
existing system that can do this, please let me know. Note that above
is still a very early brainstorm of what needs to be there and many
decisions still need to be made such as if its better to extend
existing web ajax chat or extend IRC or extend XMPP/Jabber. If you
have an opinion about any of this, please post.