2010-03-08

We may want to change the mode of CommunityWiki conversation.

Historically, we have operated in some pretty regular long-term conversations, punctuated by short or middle-length silences.

Now it seems we are more long-term in our silences, and short-term in our conversations.

Yet I am coming to think, this is okay.

To adapt to the new mode, I would propose that the CommunityWikiBylaws be amended to change the text from:

Assembly Members lose the power to delegate their vote after 6 months of absence from the wiki, and they are removed from the list of Assembly Members after 2 years of absence.

…to:

Assembly Members lose the power to delegate their vote after 1 year of absence from the wiki, and they are removed from the list of Assembly Members after 4 years of absence.

…if not 2 delegation for 2 years, removal after 8 years.

More casually (and more importantly,) I suggest the following questions (roughly) to help ourselves connect after we have been away for a time:

  • Who are you now?
  • What are you here to do? (interpreted broadly)
  • How can we free each other?

Whatever you have to say, please share.

I suspect that we may connect with each other every now and then, as we feel called, and then share what is going on for us, and whoever is available in whatever capacity, can share in the conversation that forms.

This is a “low frequency resonance,” (resonance being a subject invoked previously by HelmutLeitner,) but I don’t think a low-resonance frequency is “worse” than high-frequency conversation, or anything like that.

Thoughts?

I like the idea!

Low frequency is just the way it is, and that’s ok. In a way I’m in MissionAccomplished mode. The communities I wanted to create I have created (mostly Emacs Wiki and #emacs), I’ve found a work-life-balance that I’m getting used to. Perhaps it’s also an age thing. Settling down, cultivating my own garden à la Voltaire.

I haven’t found any community problems that I couldn’t solve with the processes we’ve discussed on this wiki and on Meatball. Weirdos calling my cell phone, difficult people that needed to be banned on IRC, conversations I’ve had with them and other operators, all of that was never new and exciting enough to prompt a post on Community Wiki.

I’ll write more on my namepage…

I, too, like the idea.

Personally, I’ve noticed that many of us are active on the “streaming” sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? and this seems to provide a bit of a RecentChanges and RecentNews? effect. There is, however, also a need for an environment in which folks can collaborate in building larger pages (essays?) and I, personally, still find wiki technologies and their user communities a more productive way working on these.

I’m also finding it interesting to see how “social” web services are evolving. One way I’ve been trying to evaluate them is by posting an article a day at the “Amplify” site. … to be continued on my namepage.

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