Re: Leading the Forefront - with IRC ! ? (fwd)

(resending after first attempt did not go through, even after I confirmed 
via the web interface.

[insert observation of aptness here])

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