I have spent the last couple of days reflecting on the results of the “referendum”.
A majority of our members have expressed their interest to continue to participate in this space. 18 voters have expressed their willingness to contribute, in average $ 5,67, to the operating fees.
14 voters have expressed they would need this pilot project run for at least 2 months (6 votes), 3 or 6 months (8 votes) to get a clear sense of what this space can do for them and reevaluate then. Regarding the hosting, the preferred scenario would be to Self Manage on Digital Ocean [errata in the poll it was written Dream Cloud].
Since Malcolm has volunteered to take charge of the technical aspects of self hosting, I am willing to continue to oversee the channels.
Since the beginning, I have tried to be as transparent as possible, so that people could follow the progress of the proof of concept and my lobbying FMI for a Discourse platform. Although FMI has not agreed to switch to this platform, it has taken insights from our implementation to cue into their improvement work on Community’s platform.
Considering that this site was intended as a proof of concept and that as such, its purpose has now been fulfilled, any move forward implies that we are choosing to give it a new purpose.
It also implies that we accept to close the “lobbying” chapter. That means we will leave our frustrations behind. That we will grieve if need be, and stop looking back. Keeping complaining about FMI’s decision - just because we “can” do it in this forum - doesn’t mean it is healthy for this forum as it keeps us in a victim state of mind and prevent us from moving forward and growing, as individuals and as a community.
Therefore, I have taken the decision to close and move all threads relating to the proof of concept phase into a locked archive. They hold no value for future members because, as from now, this site must have its own independent purpose. Not one in opposition or rebelling against something but one focused on bringing value to its members.
I am very surprised, positively so, that FMI did not shut me off or delete my participation to ibrahim’s thread on Community. To me, that is a sign that they are changing and trying to do better. I had decided long ago that should the right opportunity presents itself, I would speak of MFSC once, and only once, in community. I had done so in another thread but, I am not proud to say, my tone was not appropriate, I fell in the trap of polarising an issue by doing the good/bad comparison that I often warn against. I was asked to edit my post because I had also included a sentence that was against the community rules. I started editing it and then decided that my post was confrontational and not bringing value. I deleted it completely.
When Ibrahim posted his thread, I felt it was important to help people understand that after the serious lobbying effort that we have made it is now absolutely clear that any conversation around finding another platform is sterile and will only prevent people on community from moving forward over there, as well. That any such thread about what features the community platform should have must be seen in the context of SF: which features would make the current platform more pleasant to use.
Yes, I admit, I also - without any subtlety - used the opportunity to plug MFSC. It is the one and only thread where I have and will ever post about MFSC on Community. It seemed to me that it would achieve 3 objectives:
- force people to come to terms with the misguided belief that FMI did not find better platforms or has any ability to rescind the committment to the SF platform;
- give an additional hang out spot to add to their resources toolbox to people that are really struggling, who have reached their patience and tolerance limits and feel somehow distressed
- plug MFSC
You may have noticed that I never refer to our community here as Community but as MFSC. I do it intentionally. Community is the official forum’s community name. As we enter a new chapter, I invite you to volunteer your ideas or wishes regarding this community purpose, name, branding, colour, etc.
Also… remember, this is not my forum, it’s OURS.
[mission impossible flashback] This message will self-destruct once we move to our new hosting.