We had our Zoom conference last night, hosted by @Sara_Wolf and with me, Keith Edmonds, Jonathan Bright, Rob Lanphier, David Hinds and Felix Sargent attending (Felix for part of the time), and decided to move forward with the idea of me hosting a NodeBB forum on Heroku, along the lines of what I proposed here last week: Alternatives to the CES Forum
I’m hoping to have it up before this one comes down at the end of the month.
We haven’t worked out all the details, but you can learn more at this document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYPoPOE00Uwt0rtWs-rWnaY_S-gZ8vNxPTOmxv5vdcA/edit?usp=sharing
(at bottom I’ve pasted the most important stuff decided at the meeting)
You can also attend our next conference, July 14th at 7pm Pacific at the same Zoom link.
Note that we’re doing this with an “interim counsel” that will presumably live on in some form, so this isn’t just me controlling the forum as I wish, nor is it just Equal Vote controlling it. There will be a mission statement (which will be posted on the Equal Vote site) that will state a lot of things about how it is to be run. My personal position is that it will be democratically controlled, and that there will be guarantees that no one person can shut it down for whatever reason without a proper “handoff.” My hope is that CES continues with some level of involvement, but it isn’t a requirement.
We will put a lot of thought into how it will be moderated, with my personal hope being that we can use our own favorite voting methods to elect a chief moderator from the community every few months. We also will attempt to make clear that the forum isn’t about advancing any specific voting method – it will be “non-partisan” in that sense.
Our intention is to archive this CES forum statically and host it at the same place, so history won’t be erased. We can’t easily just move it to a new location, since it contains such things as emails and passwords, but at some point in the future we might be able to load the old conversations into the new forum.
We welcome input on ideas for the new forum, and if you have technical or graphic skills and want to help out, please let us know. (this thread being as good a place as any to post thoughts, but PMs or email also welcome if you prefer communicate privately)
I suggest checking out NodeBB: https://nodebb.org/
I have a ton of ideas myself, and, while of course I will be subject to consensus on making modifications to the forum, at least I know that I won’t have to beg someone to do the technical hard work of putting them into place. (example: sophisticated voting widgets/simulators/visualizers that can be built into the forum as plugins, or at least hosted on the same site; code repositories for those, and so on)
I’m looking forward to getting this up and running, and thank everyone for entrusting me with this responsibility.
rjbrown at gmail
Here are some of the most important details from the document (again: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYPoPOE00Uwt0rtWs-rWnaY_S-gZ8vNxPTOmxv5vdcA/edit?usp=sharing), the actual motions that were passed by consensus:
Motion to create an interim council for the forum and elect the meeting participants from this meeting - (Felix nominated but not in attendance) Passed by consensus!
Sara’s Motion: Create a new autonomous forum governed by a community board and mission statement, working in coalition with Equal Vote, and linked from the Equal Vote website. (It could be linked from other websites as well.) Consensus passed!
Rob Brown’s Motion: To take on hosting a NodeBB forum on Heroku. It would be an autonomous coalition partner of Equal Vote. The rules for moderation and “passing the keys” to the next generation of maintainers will be decided and stated up front. Sara Wolk to help set up the formalities of the organization and the partnership to Equal Vote. Consensus with Rob Lanphier abstaining.
Motion: to do due diligence and apply best practices to protect and minimize the storage of PII of users, with these responsibilities explicitly delegated to specific responsible individuals trusted by the council/board. Consensus vote
Next week: Same time same link, Tuesday the 14th:
Rob Brown will write up a summary post on the CES forum.
Sara will write up draft bylaws for the Forum organization to use as a starting point: