Bioregional Education

How do we organize discussions within the guild?

  • How do we organize discussions within the guild?

    Posted by Paul Cereghino on December 13, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    It seems like tags are the primary tool used to organize discussions. We use categories to organize posts and pages, and then we can use tags to organize events… these categorization strategies are important because they let us pull collections of events, posts, cages, and discussions and put them onto various web pages and side bars to create custom view of the whole morass of information. This post has four tags that I am throwing out there to describe the initial projects that came up in our initial conversation.

    Julie replied 5 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Julie

    January 3, 2024 at 10:57 pm

    Sounds good Paul. I made the first meeting recording a blog post and wondr what tags or categories to use for the blog post. Ideas anyone?

  • Julie

    January 4, 2024 at 5:09 pm

    Is this the right place for these thoughts? Sub-groups vs Discussion/Forum Threads. If I am to help groups (Website Group Discussions from Telegram Groups?), I need to make sure that the new idea (came up today in BE* Meeting today 1/4/24) makes sense in practice; idea of making Discussion Forum Threads for Projects within a Group vs Sub groups to avoid siloed groups not talking nor aware of each other. Might be two questions:

      • Shall I make Telegram Threads into Discussion or Groups/Sub-Groups. Coffee House Conversation Telegram thread for example can be a sub-group of RC welcome group or a discussion thread. We seem to lean toward the later – discussions not sub-groups for projects.

      • Am I making the Bioregional Education Discussion Threads for projects? I think not. Clare S. for example would make a Discussion thread for Asset Mapping inside the *BE group here, and Quinn can make a Discussion thread about Open Space/Unconference plans, etc. I may make sub groups as they may emerge from active growing projects etc for example. Correct?

        I’ll leave this mixed message knowing some of this probably doesnt belong here ( should be website stuff).

    • Paul Cereghino

      January 4, 2024 at 5:32 pm

      @juliewolf this makes sense to me to let project leads and partners to create their own discussions as they see fit.

      I think categories have better “ quality control“, meaning that you repeatedly select from a set and the spelling is always right, so that categories are more reliable for generating automated sets of blog articles. So I would use categories to describe a few critical, well managed divisions, and I would use tags more loosely. I suspect categories would describe who, what and where if relevant… the other way, would be to leave them uncategorized for now, and wait until someone wants to create a subset, and then they can categorize the one that fit the set.

      Maybe it’s worthwhile to brainstorm a list of all the reasons why someone would create a blog post!? To describe a project, to provide an update, to share a piece of writing, to teach about protocol or etiquette. The posts could be reserved for more permanent chunks with higher information quality. For more transient information I would rely on discussion threads.

      I think there is a risk of having an over proliferation of low quality information in posts. But that might be a personal preference, because I personally have a very narrow bandwidth, many projects and have an overwhelming, constant flow of information. Thus information quality is more important to me than the risk that someone is excluded or transparency is not maintained by not having all the information on everything everywhere all the time. Submersing people in an overwhelm of information is a different kind of exclusion. Overload is a different kind of obfuscation.

      • Julie

        January 4, 2024 at 6:43 pm

        Thanks for responding Paul. At first I wondered why you were talking about posts (blog posts) and categories. Ah! I see. You were responding to my question ‘posted” here 2 above also. (unlike Telegram where you can reply to a message, hmmm?)

        So, you agree with my assessment of Discussion threads for projects (for example) being initiated by members of the group (Clare, Quinn, etc). I think others here may agree too?

        As for blog posts. I am thinking of your not seeing need for recordings mentioned in today’s meeting. From your comments I wonder if you would rather we not make blog posts of Meetings? I could still make meetings on YouTube available/posted on the groups, as a resource, but Brandon has given me the task to make blog posts of them. Do you have other thoughts? anyone? Are meetings valuable info and appropriate for blog posts?

        As for categories, I used the group name and made a new category. I wonder if this helps it show up on the groups page? Probably not – its under MEETING REPORTBACKS on our page – however, so do the other 2 blog posts that are not part of this BE group. I need to think about categories more.

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