Hello, I am writing to try and address some questions about media and platform design. I’ve started a thread in the Peeragogy Mailing list here outlining my concerns in a general way:
Here’s how I started that off:
This message is motivated partly by a pain I am experiencing. Presently we’re using various chat apps (Telegram, Keybase, Hangouts) and none of these are giving me a satisfactory experience. Messages disappear quickly and remain locked in “silos”. The problems could be partly solved by persistently archiving old messages so that we can find them again (like they do here: https://leanprover-community.github.io/archive/). But I am also motivated by a more positive vision and broader potential ‘gain’…
I also posted some related reflections in the MetaCAugs Telegram channel:
Maybe we should alter this forum so that it uses somewhat more substantial media methods. If we can’t even use it to have a simple Q&A without resorting to private messages I would contend it is not really fit for purpose for a group whose MO is mainly public dialogue. This was raised a couple weeks ago along with the question “should we get serious about producing things”. As someone who only checks in infrequently it seems like those themes were also lost to the ever scrolling medium. I suggested Twist and someone said s/he thought an open source solution would be better. Maybe it would be good to follow the wiki theme and make a wiki? It is difficult to find any previous points of discussion in here.
To be clear, this was before I had a log in on this Discourse site. However, my concern still applies, if most people in MetaCAugs are using Telegram and this site is a relative wasteland. Telegram may be fit for certain purposes, but I don’t see it as very useful for careful discussion. This Discourse forum looks like it would be better for that, but only if it’s actually used.
At present I’m not even sure what the other tools and channels are, or how active they are. I’m aware of the tool matrix on the openlearning parent page (but Telegram isn’t listed there) and the related Metacaugs blog (last updated in 2017). The most recently updated page that I’m aware of is the
@MetaCaugs channel on HackMD which is updated regularly, but which is the home to a newsletter rather than a landing page for the project that explains what the tools are.
As such: I’d like to know what this site is about, and what tools (on this site or elsewhere) the community uses. I’d like to know what purposes these tools are being used for, and how I can usefully get involved. I’m also interested in ways that these tools sometimes don’t work that well, and what other arrangements of tools and media could be used instead.
It would be great if we could start simply by pulling together an updated directory of tools and projects affiliated with this site.
Addendum: I’d also like to know something about the protocol is for posting on the Discourse site itself, since it has different places to post and not everything shows up on the front page.