As promised, and on schedule.
K5 Site Performance
Hasn't been too bad, until today apparently. The new DB box is at the co-lo somewhere, but I still have no answers on where, or why no one can produce it. I'm not terribly pleased with the situation, and have been an increasingly big pain in the ass to everyone I can at Voxel. We also still don't have the new hard drives in our Scoop servers, which is another on my list of things to pester them about.
Captain_Tenille did a great job of keeping things running while I was off in MA, and he has my utmost gratitude.
Updated K5 staff page
Driph has been updating the FAQ, and updated the who's involved with the site page, since that has been requested.
Please also welcome new co-admin aphrael, who will be mainly responding to firstname.lastname@example.org mail and helping people sort out account problems, as well as doing any story editing that needs doing from time to time.
Search is taking me longer than I hoped. However, it's going well. I've got the basic wordlist-creating and vectorizing stuff done, and will get it integrated into the existing search interface next week.
Lots of CMF news this month. With my wife's help, we got back in touch with our lawyer and got a list of things that need to be done for us to incorporate. These were:
The Board is almost in place. I've invited six people to join the initial Board, in addition to me, of which four have so far agreed. They are:
- Appoint a temporary Board of Directors, get names and contact info for paperwork
- Write a statement of purpose
- Write a narrative of organizational activities
Update [2003-9-22 10:21:41 by rusty]: I didn't mean to be mysterious about the other two invitees, I just thought I should wait until I had heard from them. Further comment has convinced me otherwise, and they are:
- Robert West (known on K5 as aphrael), who has been very helpful in motivating me and also put a lot of work into helping edit the documents below.
- Peter Whysall, everyone's favorite Nazi admin and a great believer in the CMF's goals.
- Jed Miller, who I've come to know through an online deliberation group. Jed is web editor for The New York Times Institutes for Journalists, a project of The NYT Company Foundation, and has worked on online communities with AOL, audible.com, and the New York Times. He is also is director of collaboration and community at the New York non-profit Web Lab, which oversaw small group dialogues with Manhattan residents about the reconstruction after after 9/11. He's highly qualified. :-)
- Matt Haughey, who founded Metafilter and works for Creative Commons. Matt understands as well as anyone what kind of support collaborative media needs. He also has a mysterious genius for getting media attention without actually looking for it. No non-profit should lack someone with that talent.
Another question was why Karsten wasn't re-invited to be on this Board. Karsten was on the first Board because he knew a lot about how K5 worked, and I saw him as kind of a K5 representative. I haven't heard from him much since then, and he doesn't seen to be around here very often, so I thought aphrael might be a better choice this time. That said, I now return you to the original text...
- Scott Reents, who co-founded e-thepeople.org, a non-profit collaborative discussion forum about democracy, and who was on the previous Board as well. Scott has since responded and will be joining the Board again.
- Robin Bandy, K5's Arkady, who runs a non-profit computer networking business based in Oakland, CA. He has already been a great help in bringing up key questions of how the projects will be managed, and I hope he will agree to join us again.
This Board is basically a bootstrap operation, which needs to exist to adopt the bylaws, which actually specify how Directors are elected and appointed. So this Board votes to adopt the bylaws, and then after the first Board election will accept the results. It is largely an advisory body at this point, but I hope that some or all of them will continue on to the first properly constituted Board, as they all have a lot to add.
There are two more invitees pending, and I hope they get back to me soon so we can get going. Hint, hint, if they're reading. No, not you Tex. ;-)
Additionally, several people sweated over the statement of purpose and the narrative on IRC this week, including janra, aphrael, MattOly, me, peter, Captain_Tenille, and MostlyHarmless. They collectively reviewed literally every damn word in the purpose statement, and as a result, I think it finally actually expresses what I think the CMF is all about. It is, of necessity, pretty concise. Another thing we all want is to write an "Expanded statement of prupose" to get into some of the reasoning behind what are basically just axioms here. But this part is needed for us to incorporate, so here it is:
Collaborative Media Foundation Statement of Purpose
We believe that network-based tools can now enable any number of people to communicate and collaborate, unhindered by geographic and cultural barriers. We also believe that noncommercial media is essential to a free and informed society. Therefore, we have established the Collaborative Media Foundation to foster collaborative projects that use these tools to multiply and extend the reach of noncommercial media.
Additionally, the tax exemption paperwork will require a narrative of the activities the CMF will engage in. I have to run the following by the lawyer to make sure it is what we need, but here is what we came up with:
Narrative of Activities
The Collaborative Media Foundation (CMF) will provide technical, financial, and legal assistance to selected projects which share the CMF ideals and which meet the criteria set by the CMF board. Each member project will require individualized support and oversight, so the CMF board will work with each project to develop an operation and oversight plan. The plan will specify project goals and standards, operating methods, periodic review procedures, and provisions for ending or spinning off the project if necessary. The CMF may also engage in any other activities useful to the development and promotion of collaborative media.
So that's the news from here. Next month's update better damn well include the words "I hope you're all enjoying the new DB server," or there will be trouble.