Re: Leading the Forefront - with IRC ! ?

On Fri, 23 Mar 2007, Marcos Caceres wrote:

> IRC and mailing lists are accessible and have gotten the job done in the 
> past... If it ain't broke, why fix it, right?

I agree that email and IRC are simple tools that get the job done. Seems 
like there are a few questions that have emerged:

[1] Should IRC replace phone conferencing?

Personally I am on IRC all day and am very confortable with it, but 
clearly there is a VAST difference in the type of communication that 
happens in a phone conference vs. IRC, so the idea of replacing one for 
the other strikes me as rather radical.

[2] Should we have an online forum (presumably to move most of the email 
dialogue into that space)?

My initial feeling is that an online forum would be inappropriate for this 
effort. Compared to this email list, it would result in considerable 
segmentation of the dialogue.

[3] Should we have any other tools at our disposal?

I think a wiki would be very appropriate. A space to develop and annotate 
evolving documents is a perfect fit for an effort seeking to develop 
standards. Of course, a wiki can also result in considerable segmentation 
as well (there could be 3 parallel groups of people evolving a forms 
standard, all unaware of one another). But I don't imagine that's a 
problem that this small and media-literate community will have.

John Bachir
aim/yim/msn/ johnjosephbachir

Received on Saturday, 24 March 2007 17:32:16 UTC