I set up this Discourse forum today as a test: does this work well for communication and cooperation among Trustroots volunteers?
We’ve been on Slack since 2015, and it’s quite good for exchanging messages quickly and joking around. Slack is less useful when there’s no daily activity. It’s also not so good at building organisational memory (we can’t even search beyond 10k messages without paying, and we currently don’t have money to spend on this).
The advantages of Discourse:
- makes it easier to build something more concrete, e.g. posts can become wiki pages
- it’s probably easier to get an overview, e.g. we can have boards matching teams. Once we have teams. But Discourse may help building actual teams.
- it’s free software
The disadvantage is that it’s one more thing to maintain and back up. Let’s see how useful and active this forum can become.
One more point: this forum is the meta trustroots forum, it’s not the Trustroots forum. At this point we don’t want it to be used for e.g. organizing events in your town. But on this forum we can figure out what’s the minimum viable forum that we can launch on Trustroots and coordinate efforts to make it happen sooner rather than later.
Happy to read your thoughts.