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


On Fri 11 May 2012 11:54:21 AM PDT, Doug Hellmann wrote:
> I certainly don't see anything about that in the terms of
> service. http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Right, there is nothing there. I have heard stories from people that 
ran groups on meetup.com and had problems closing/migrating away from 

Basically, to close a group you need to ask meetup.com to do it, after 
you've advertised your intentions and got consensus among other admins. 
The process is described on 

They may have made things easier than in the past but I don't think 
this is relevant for our discussion.  Allow me to rephrase what I said 

>         Of course it's your choice to use it or not but I'm not
>         comfortable advocating for it as a solution

What I meant to say is that I'm in favor of each team picking its own 
preferred tool to keep the local community engaged, informed and 
ultimately happy. I'll keep myself neutral for the tools of choice of 
the local communities. I can provide suggestions, only if asked but the 
choice should always be done by the local coordinators.


>>     Shouldn't the requirements be considered prior to selecting a portal?

Yes, indeed. Lets go back to the beginning, below is the list of 
requirements I identified. Is this all we need?

Basic needs

  • A directory of OpenStack user groups (OSUG) that is more flexible
and appealing than a wiki page.
  • A system to get in touch with members (all members or just the
coordinators/leaders?) of the international communities.


  • Register users using SSO
    ∘ as a user I would like to be able to associate my profile from
Launchpad, Linkedin or Google to the site
  • Support content in multiple languages (switch list and automatic
recognition via browser agent configuration)
  • Support roles: managers of the groups can add resources, members can
sign up as members, anonymous can read all content
  • Show activity from all groups in my own language on the portal home 
  • Directory of OSUGroups, with geographic representation
    ∘ be able to view the groups on a chart
    ∘ display also the full list of groups
  • Manage content (pages) of generic interest
    ∘ to host content like how to start a group, general, policies,
trademark stuff, generic icons, etc
  • Per each group,
    ∘ allow users to add events, each group will expose its ical feed
    ∘ show to list additional resources for the group: mailing lists,
forums, wiki pages, home page, url of blogs,
    ∘ import RSS feed from blogs to aggregate content on groups page
    ∘ display photostreams from flickr and such on the home page

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