Now that we have a full YPC team, we need a collaboration platform that’s robust enough for us to get work done and in an accessible way! This basically means plug-ins galore.
Icebreakers - Really just automatically posted system topics
Translate - don’t have the funding yet
Discourse Teambuilding Activity
Desktop push notifications
Discourse Spoiler Alert
Saved Searches Plug-in
Custom Wizard Plug-in
Sub- Sub- Categories
The Discourse Calendar / Events plug-in allows people to add dates to topics. I think it’ll be useful for things like the external comms content calendar where each project can stand for the date a piece of content is scheduled to go out.
Documentation on how the Discourse Events Plug-in works below.
Install Discourse Calendar
Change time format. We could use AM/PM because that’s the convention in the United States where we’re based, but I can also see how other countries may prefe…
I’ve enabled the Assign plug-in.
How do people easily navigate to topics that are assigned to them?
They can click on “Assigned” in Layouts
How does the Assign plug-in interact with the
Project Management process? Does closing a topic automatically unassign something? Or is there a way to mark something as “done”?
At first, I hoped that I could automatically close a topic when it’s marked #done. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible at the moment. See the documentation of this behavi…
Expanding on the discussion from
Add team collaboration features to the Hub
I’m installing the Chatroom Integration Plug-in to keep communications clear between the Hub and Slack. Features that we can add include automatic posting in Slack whenever a new topic is posted on the Hub as well as sending transcripts from Slack into the Hub (though we can’t send full threads which is unfortunate - hopefully that gets built out in the near future).
Get Slash commands to work
Set up automat…
I’d like to update the tags we use for project management.
My hope for the update is to make them align with our Sociocracy practices and our Advice process in a way that is not too difficult to use but provides enough structure to make sure all of our decisions are made in an equity-centered, co-creative, and build-in-public way.
Who are most impacted?
Who are experts?
What’s the balance between lightweight and powerful but complex?
To what extent does this need to be adopte…
We need a way to keep track of our help documents.
What’s the difference between having knowledgebase be in tags versus in categories and when should we do which?
How do we distinguish between the information that’s relevant to the team versus the information that’s relevant to the entire coalition and the public. Which goes where?
Rename “Documentation Policies” in menu
Install Discourse Docs Card Filter Component …
As we build out mass training, it makes sense to have those courses be hosted on Discourse. Because Discourse hasn’t been custom-built for courses, some tweaking is necessary.
I’m having a conversation about how to do this over at Discourse Meta:
Is anyone using Discourse in higher ed for courses? - community - Discourse Meta
My inspiration is platforms like thinkific.com.
I’m also thinking about how Sociocracy for All structures its courses.
Each person has a personal learning journey
User Card Directory - theme - Discourse Meta (using so platform is more geared towards the people + renames users to members)
Checklist Plugin - Interactive Checkboxes made Simple - plugin - Discourse Meta (basically the best thing ever)
Versatile Banner - theme - Discourse Meta (welcomes people onto the forum)
Customize Layouts Plug-in because native Discourse features ended up being a better fit.
Weekly team check-ins - email reminder if not updated by OP - weekly check-ins do not need to be saved and are time-sensitive so if we ever do it I think it belongs in Slack.
Custom Top Navigation Links - The original idea was to use this to add Assigned topics to the top menu, but it adds unnecessary complications given it overrides the native settings and given it’s possible to navigate to assigned from the user profile.
Write documentation of how to use different collaboration features
Write Updating Discourse Tech Documentation
Write a post on meta.discourse.org about our set-up