[@OKau] Move from the mailing list to the new OK Forum?

Steven De Costa steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au
Sun May 24 15:19:15 UTC 2015

I think this mailing list works well for discussion within Australia on
topics which have a fairly short lifespan. And for general updates.

However, the list isn't so great for connecting with folks outside
Australia or for discussions with a longer lifespan.

And, if people drop in then the backstory on things won't be obvious to

I will likely start using the ok discussion board for a few things related
to CKAN and running events. I'm still keen to know if we can run an opencon
satellite event but apart from a few emails there aren't enough 'likes' for
me to know if anyone on this list cares about the opportunity.

That opens a different discussion related to capacity within our community.
I'm pretty much maxed out with the things I'm doing while also trying to
run a business and have a life. Lots of people will also be at capacity
with GovHack and their own projects.

To do something new, such as opencon, we'd need a small team of people who
aren't already maxed out. I don't think any of the usual suspects on this
list would have capacity so OKAU might need to reach out more to recruit
good folks.

We also need to consider how our chapter is lending its own weight to help
move forward the global initiatives of OK working groups. We tend to spend
lots of time concerned with local jurisdictional matters (which is fair
enough) but more hands working on global initiatives would also be a good

Anyhoo, I agree with Steve that this list ain't broke. I also agree with
Stephen that the new discussion forum might be worth checking out.

I'm undecided about badges :)


On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Steve Bennett <stevage at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 7:14 AM, Stephen Gates <stephen.gates at me.com
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','stephen.gates at me.com');>> wrote:
>> Open Knowledge has a pretty new forum to discuss things over at
>> https://discuss.okfn.org.  It presents a much more modern interface that
>> may encourage a broader audience to participate.
>> What do you think about moving the OK Australia conversation over there?
> IMHO, if it's not broke, let's not "fix it". The quality of discussion on
> this mailing list over the last few months has been really good.
> OTOH it does look good, so it may make sense to start individual
> discussion groups for specific projects there. If that seems to take off
> and momentum shifts in that direction, perhaps worth considering then.
>> As contributors you can see everything you’ve done (e.g.
>> https://discuss.okfn.org/users/stephen/activity) and you can earn badges
>> (gotta collect them all!).
> <curmudgeon>Bleh...I hate badges. Am I the only one? </curmudgeon
> Steve

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