[Linux-aus] What's happening with the Membership Committee?

Neill Cox neill at ingenious.com.au
Sun Jun 14 11:47:59 AEST 2015

I was one of the people who volunteered to work on updating memberdb, but I
have not really done much beyond some initial investigation.

I am willing to do some work on memberdb, but I have very little in the way
of PHP or Drupal skills.

My initial plan was to provide a REST API to the existing database, with a
back end written in python, probably building on top of flask[1].

If that work would be useful to the council, I'd be happy to contribute. If
CiviCRM is the direction the the council decided to go I don't think I will
be able to contribute much to the effort.

I too had been a bit optimistic about just how much spare time I would
actually have, so I have to apologise for not progressing this faster.

Whatever LA decides I'm happy to offer whatever help I can, but to be
honest if it's Drupal/CiviCRM that's largely going to consist of best
wishes :)


[1] http://flask.pocoo.org/

On Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM, Kathy Reid <kathy at kathyreid.id.au> wrote:

> Fair call.
> IMHO, patching MemberDB is not where LA should be focussing effort - I
> strongly believe LA needs a full CRM like CiviCRM [1].
> All good organisations need different thinking to catalyse direction ;-)
> So, I think we probably need a strategic call from LA here - patch
> MemberDB or go for something like CiviCRM?
> My recommendation is that LA is now large enough, and has big enough
> communications needs that it makes sense to go for something like CiviCRM.
> We don't homebrew the website anymore - we use an established platform. It
> no longer makes sense to homebrew the membership platform. CiviCRM also
> sits on top of Drupal, meaning that platform change at the website level
> wouldn't be needed. But Mikal is right, this would need to be scoped - and
> it's a big piece of work - but one in the long run I think is very valuable.
> My availability is pretty shot until Feb 9th 2016.
> [1] https://civicrm.org/
> On 14/06/15 07:49, Michael Still wrote:
>> So, my understanding was that we offered in the AGM to update memberdb
>> to not be quite so bad. That got turned into a replacement CRM
>> project, which meant several of the people involved no longer felt
>> they had the skills to actually progress the effort. We have therefore
>> stalled.
>> To be completely honest, I feel like I mis-estimated how much spare
>> time I'd have this year, and I don't think I have the bandwidth to
>> provide a meaningful contribution to this effort. So, a subcommittee
>> is a good idea, but I feel we might need to go and work out who would
>> be able to serve on it first.
>> Michael
>> On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 2:52 PM, Kathy Reid <kathy at kathyreid.id.au>
>> wrote:
>>> There was some talk a few months ago [1] of having a Membership
>>> Subcommittee
>>> for LA, looking at replacing or enhancing MemberDB. This was a great move
>>> forward - MemberDB is end of life.
>>> Has this progressed at all and are folks ihere nterested?
>>> If so I will formally propose a motion to Council to form this
>>> Subcommittee.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Kathy
>>> [1]
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Neill Cox
Ingenious Software
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