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Group Communication

From: Max C.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 5:13 PM
Hi all,

Mike Robellard & I sat down and took a look at our options for group communication. ?We put priority on search ranking visibility, ease of use and ease of setup, and decided that the builtin Meetup mailing list & discussion board are a good solution for now.

The Meetup group has top search ranking for search terms like "cleveland game dev", and you can use e-mail tracking on the discussion board, as well as using the mailing list (like I am now) when you want the entire group to hear you. ?Though, we should use the mailing list sparingly so people don't get spammed.

I think there's a Facebook group out there right now, which is fine--but we should probably keep serious discussion in the Meetup tools, to keep everything trackable and centralized.

We ruled out Google Groups because of the janky admin interface, and Wave because of the lack of visibility and infrastructure. There are some community site packages floating around, but they all require extra hosting or setup, and since we're already paying for Meetup, we think it makes sense to go on using these tools.

A major concern we heard was lack of activity on the site; I don't really think that moving to a different medium right now will solve that, though. ?If we reach critical mass, I think the community will be active with whatever tools we end.

In terms of a sexier web presence (showcasing our projects and ideas, etc.), that's definitely something we can address moving forward, but for our current needs on discussion & debate, Meetup looked like the best choice.

Anyone have strong feelings to the contrary?

- Max

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