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

Joshua Hesketh josh at nitrotech.org
Mon Jun 15 13:29:08 AEST 2015


So I think there are a lot of benefits to a fully fledged CRM.

However, memberdb is in desperate need of an update. If we have nobody
volunteering to implement a CRM type system for Linux Australia, and we
do indeed still have volunteers looking at improving our membership
management platform, then I think we should take them up on that kind
offer as it'll be a great improvement.

An update to memberdb will also better allow us to email our members
rather than relying on a mailing list. That in of itself is a giant


On 14/06/15 11:47, Neill Cox wrote:
> 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 :)
> Cheers,
> Neill
> [1] http://flask.pocoo.org/
> On Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM, Kathy Reid <kathy at kathyreid.id.au
> <mailto: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 <mailto: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]
>             http://lists.linux.org.au/pipermail/linux-aus/2015-February/022032.html
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> Neill Cox
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