Hello all, it occurred to me tonight that we don’t have much in the way of organization via our projects on an individual level. We have the Wiki to post about large scale projects, but we also don’t have many who actively check or post to the wiki (for various reasons). It’s hard for the average person who know little about wiki’s (like me) to know how recently things have been updated or what projects are on hiatus, or if focus has shifted to a new project, etc. We could post on the mailing list, but I feel like that could congest the mailing list (I can think of at least 4 projects I’d like to work on that I don’t want to clutter up the mailing list with, or worried it will get overshadowed by concerns of the hive as a whole). Facebook gets cluttered, and messages get buried.
So a suggestion was made for a forum. I like the idea, but we already have the facebook page, the IRC, the wiki, the mailing list… I’m worried that there too many outlets already to add a new one. Maybe if we can have it auto-update to the IRC channel, facebook, and the hive homepage (whenever we get around to the website restructuring) it might work? Thoughts?
I feel like whatever we do, I feel like we need a template for it. Something like:
Project Name: "Antique Arduino"
Project Leader: "Dustin Bruce"
Last Updated: "10/28/14"
Description: This is where you’d describe a bit about your project
"I bought the old Antique radio at the hive, and I’d like to re purpose it with a micro-controller to play radio, mp3, audio in (to act as a surround sound), audio out, etc. Any other suggestions on what I can do with it?
EDIT: suggested to use Rasberry PI instead of arduino"
Skills: Listed skills that the original poster does not have, and requires assistance from someone who knows
"Rasberry Pi, electronics, speakers (I have no experience with any of this stuff, but I want to learn. This project is basically my ‘force myself to learn a bunch of things’ project"
Materials: This is specific materials that the original user does not already possess.
"Rasberry Pi (I have an Arduino, but I was suggested that Rasberry Pi would be better for the purposes I want to use it for."
"Working on Mon, Wed, Fri after 2:30pm (after school) or whenever I feel like it"
Something pre-structured that’s quick and easy to write and post to encourage people to write and review, and some way to edit quickly. I really can’t think of any other medium besides a forum though, any suggestions?
I would like to have a way to join in on a project (to notify a person I’m interested in helping them out) and receiving help via messaging system or a forum posting system.
It would be super awesome if you could ‘Subscribe’ to projects which will update you when their project page has been updated and/or preset times (i.e. you can set dates in project status that will notify followers when you said you are working. In the above example, It would notify people every Mon, Wed, and Fri at 2:30pm that I was working on the project).
Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions? Opinions? Constructive Criticism?