[Linux-aus] MemberDB is a great short term solution, but we need a broader rethink

James Polley jamezpolley at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 19:05:11 AEDT 2015

For user groups which are run as sub-committees of LA, having the ability
to piggyback on MemberDB would be very useful - as a way to manage any
members-only mailing lists, and as a way to manage elections, at the very

If we're compiling a wishlist, I'd like to add the ability for
sub-committees (including the UG subcommittees) to have their own
drupal/wordpress/civicrm/something instance - I don't really care what, as
long as it gives the UG the ability to have their own web presence without
needing to worry about cost of hosting or having sysadmins. I'd also love
for them to be able to set up and manage their own public mailing lists.

On Fri Jan 16 2015 at 3:38:56 AM Mark Ellem <mark at colmiga.org> wrote:

> A potential feature that could be looked at in the scope is a
> possibility of offering user groups a way of having an 'instance' where
> they could manage their membership affairs as a service of LA.
> Either that or look at making a new membership database solution usable
> for a user group. Our local user group, HUMBUG, would love to have such
> software as we have not been able to find anything that suits.
> If you need any support I would be happy to help.
> Thanks,
> Mark Ellem
> On Fri, 2015-01-16 at 15:46 +1300, Michael Cordover wrote:
> > On 16 January 2015 at 14:39, Kathy Reid <kathy at kathyreid.id.au> wrote:
> > > While this is a great short term solution, I think we should (in
> parallel)
> > > discuss and debate a MemberDB replacement, likely something like
> CiviCRM.
> > > This is a bit more work and effort, but I think would have good long
> term
> > > returns, and address the pressing need for targeted member
> communications.
> >
> > On this, I think it would be useful to do some project scoping - not
> > just around membership, but around all of the web-based systems we are
> > thining of upgrading. I know there's also been talk of a zookeepr
> > upgrade/rewrite. There are also probably other needs we should be
> > considering: other LA events, potential lobbying/other LA activities,
> > grants, Mailman 3 integration, Hurd compatibility etc etc etc.
> >
> > The first step here would be wishlisting *everything*, and then
> > scoping it down into actual projects, then commencing work. Strategic
> > planning, yo.
> >
> > Michael
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