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Re: Beyond the wiki page: planning an International Community Portal


my comments are in-line below.

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM, Stefano Maffulli <stefano@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> On Fri 11 May 2012 08:14:43 AM PDT, Everett Toews wrote:
> > We use meetup.com <http://meetup.com> for the Canadian OpenStack Users
> > Group. It does everything we need it to do and it's very reasonably
> > priced. I don't see us switching away from it.
> I believe that Meetup may not be a good thing for us in the long run.
> Last time I checked, you can't switch away from it because technically
> Meetup owns the group, not you. If you as administrator of the group
> decide that Meetup doesn't satisfy you anymore, you cannot close it.
> AFAIK you can only step down as administrator and Meetup.com will find
> a new administrator for you.
Are you sure that Meetup.com owns the group?  If true, that's terrible.

> Of course it's your choice to use it or not but I'm not comfortable
> advocating for it as a solution, quite the contrary indeed.
> > From the wiki page <http://wiki.openstack.org/OpenStackUserGroups> it
> > looks like a lot of the other OSUGs are using it too. Whatever tool is
> > decided upon, hopefully it can integrate with meetup.com
> After this discussion, I feel very inclined to provide a simple
> directory-type of portal whose mail functionalities will be to list the
> resources available for user groups, in different languages. The choice
> of tools to use to actually *run* the group will be left to the group
> itself and the portal will mainly provide the links to the group's
> resources.
Shouldn't the requirements be considered prior to selecting a portal?

> Is anybody interested in testing the Ubuntu Loco Portal code?
> https://launchpad.net/loco-team-portal it's a django app and may
> provide us all we need but it may be too tightly integrated with
> Launchpad. I'd like to give it a spin some time next week and start
> playing with our use cases to see how much it fits.
> let me know,
> stef

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