Web participation

More and more people spend more and more time in cyberspace.

The aim of this group is to promote a more communal, friendly, healthier way of living and communicating while online.

See the Web participation handbook

Proposed procedure to seek help within a discussion group

The idea is to make a positive contribution on the web. We often require help and assistance. We should endeavor to contribute something to the community in return.

Therefore, when having a problem, we do our best to follow the following general principle:

  1. Clearly identify what the question/problem is.
  2. First, have a look at the Documentation Wiki, at the place where you'd expect to find the answer.
  3. If you cannot find the answer anywhere in the wiki, make a note or create a stub of a page at the most appropriate place.

Fighting spam together

Here are a few blog entries relevant to the topic of fighting spam together.

Maybe this section will eventually grow into a resource of ways we can cooperate to fight the problem at the source.

a bikeshed color problem

Recently, I made a very informal proposal for Drupal developers to cooperate to fight spam at the source of the problem. Unfortunately, there has been no reply to my email.

Regularly, the developers' mailing list, just like many other discussion groups, would go into lengthy debates about fairly inconsequential topics. Around that time, a new default theme for Drupal was being heavily discussed, as well as a new convention to name different Drupal releases.

A way to fight spam together?

Recently, spammers were heavily targetting wechange which was experiencing problems as a result. I wrote to the Drupal developers' list to ask for assistance. Fortunately, I have been able to find a solution quickly.

Communication and Interpersonal Relationships: a Netizen's Code of Conduct

We may have different interests, we may have different backgrounds and come from different parts of the world, but we have at least one thing in common: we are all netizens.

Since this web site is about change, especially about changing ourselves, there is one thing that we could learn about and change: it's the way we relate to each other, the way we communicate - or fail to do so -, the way we react and reply to each other's postings on forums and mailing lists.

"Interpersonal Relationships" and "Web participation"

Hello Forbes,

Speaking of Interpersonal Relationship:

People interested in Interpersonal relationships

I once started the following as part of a new project, "Interpersonal Relationships"

I didn't do much with it, but it's not because it's not an interesting topic.

On the proper usage of Help Forums, Mailing Lists and Community Wikis.

Most open source Free Software projects have their own Help Forums and Documentation Wikis.

Help Forums are often very active: users from around the world flock to them asking for help: either the documentation is insufficient, there is a bug in the software, or the user doesn't know how to use it. Often, too, a few dedicated people do their best to answer the questions of many users who come when run into a problem, and leave when their problem is solved.

Web participation handbook

A book about making our participation on the web meaningful and useful.

Cooperation among like minded web sites

This site aims to work in cooperation with scores of like-minded other sites.

Many web sites that have been existing for a long time are a great source of information on topics much more narrowly defined that at Wechange. Just to give two examples:

  • www.carfree.com in very informative on the field of better urban design and backed by a small but active community.
  • www.reuniting.info presents in a compelling way both scientific and spiritual arguments for a healthier type of sexuality.