The new eClub site
It is quite a challenge to come up with a site to meet the needs of an eClub like ours. There are so many levels of knowledge, expertise, expectation and use among our membership that I doubt any one solution would suit everyone perfectly.
To date it has been quite difficult to gauge accurately what the site should and shouldn’t have in place at the launch. So I’d like to use my spot on this weeks programme to put to all of you what I think are the headline features and perhaps get you to vote for your favourite and least favourite ideas.
There are 20 things to vote on at the bottom of the page but before you head off down there, keep reading for a few moments more.
So you understand where I am coming from and what I think is important here is a quick summary of my digital world:
I get about 200 emails per day. I have some 15 sites that I get notices from. I dislike Facebook’s trivia and security and find Linked-in a distraction with minor real commercial benefit. I dislike phone calls and interruptions because of the time and head-space I need when solving issues in complex technological stategies.
This means I have the following things in my mind when it comes to the eClub site.
I want the site to be a central repository for all the essential club information. This means member directories, news, rules and conduct guides, events diary and projects. This means I can get up to speed with a few clicks around the site and see recent and important stuff.
I want to be able to contact members on the site privately.
I want to make comments to posts without prior moderation.
I want to have a way of micro-blogging which allows me just to post a sentence or two, not a novel.
I want to be able to vote/rate (eg ‘Like or ‘+G’) a post when I agree with it but have nothing substantive to add.
Posts should be short and focused. Two subjects should mean two posts.
Comments should be shorter than the post.
Be free to voice opinion without deliberately offending anyone.
Summary of groups/forums via a brief post/newsletter once a week or month that collects/identifies the essential information and emails me.
I don’t want every comment posted on the site to generate notifications or emails.
That’s about it for my needs but it isn’t really about me but about what you and the rest of the members want to see.
Some people have mentioned a chat room. That sounds great, when I have the time you can’t shut me up!
But what does a chat-room mean to you?
Some mean a Wall a la Facebook, others mean IRC chat room, others like the idea of something like Skype chat and others want video and audio too. Some hate the idea of video, others wouldnt have the equipment or environment for audio and video. Some want to chat in small groups, some like the idea it is just one room and everyone reads what everyone else has written.
Having a web-space that not everyone feels comfortable in can isolate members and exclude them from discussion even if they ‘could’ join in, if they don’t feel confident with the format, the technology, or just don’t have the technology or perhaps have a disability etc.
The current site is a good start to build on but I could really do with some more input from the membership to make sure we have as few stumbles and immediate irritations from the start of the new site.
As we are a new club we do need to start from somewhere and things will change and morph into new things and ways of doing things. That is part of my role to help get the system together that will allow us to do just that over time. Right now what I want is input from you to help us get the initial site ready and working quickly. So please vote on the following items and let me know your wider comments to this post. That way you should get more of the site you want and perhaps less of the site I envisage!
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