[Linux-aus] Re-igniting the Membership Committee

Anthony Towns aj at erisian.com.au
Thu Feb 11 16:32:39 AEDT 2016

On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 10:00:43AM +1100, Kathy Reid wrote:
> I'd like to
> reinvigorate the debate over our Membership Committee[0], Membership
> platform[1] and related pieces[2].

I wonder if it would work to structure this more along the lines of
linux.conf.au bid teams, rather than as a sub-committee. ie, the council
posts a date for bids to be in; Kathy does as civicrm demo/bid showing how
cool it could be, maybe someone does a drupal bid/demo, and maybe Neill
does flask/memberdb-ng bid. The council gives a few rounds of feedback
to see how if the bids can be further improved, and then chooses the
most promising bid (and a committee is formed at that point if needed).

(Personally, I'm more philosophically inclined towards Neill's approach;
but Donna pointed me at some drupal election modules which seemed pretty
impressive, and while looking for survey software, I noticed civicrm
actually has some and is already packaged for Debian, both of which seem
like plusses to me)

If people like this idea it could be implemented by the council doing
a call for bids asking for:

  - a bid document describing what's great about the proposed solution
  - a public demo site where people can try things out
  - access to the demo site's management side, so the secretary at least
    can review that as well
  - instructions/packages/config items/etc for how to deploy the system
    (for public review, but more importantly for the admin team to review)
  - and anything else that seems helpful and enlightening

and setting deadlines of maybe "now" for interested people to get together
and start doing things, April 4th for sending expressions of interest
to the list/council, June 1st for initial submissions and feedback,
and August 1st for final submissions, so a decision could be made and
rollout begin in September or October?


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