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

Joshua Hesketh josh at nitrotech.org
Mon Jan 19 20:28:59 AEDT 2015

Hi all,

This is some great feedback. I know those interested in this are
thinking about declaring a hack day (or working bee) to tackle the
changes, however I'll leave that to them to arrange.

I think, to be clear, the highest priorities before the extra features
would be:

1) Feature parity with memberdb (registering, maintaining membership,
elections, voting etc)
2) Communication (a way to email members on mass)

After that I would agree with James that some sort of subcommittee
registrar would be incredibly useful and I would probably rate it as the
next most important.

The current approach to the development as I understand it is to create
a REST interface to the existing database. From there a web ui can be
built. Again though I'll leave it to those working on it to expand.


On 19/01/15 19:05, James Polley wrote:
> 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 least.
> 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
> <mailto: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
>     <mailto: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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