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Thanks for taking the initiative on this. Shoot me an email with your ideas on how best to present the data. I have a few ideas on it myself and have been planning on some type of "sticky" thread but have not had the time to implement it. Don had discussed doing something like this as well, so between the three of us I think we can come up with a system that works.
Once we have a basic plan hammered out, we can propose it to the brigade for comment.
Director of Volunteer Operations
The correct protocol for that would be to make any requests for changes in the way the forums and overall Brigade is managed through me.
You could start a discussion thread about a specific idea and get ideas from the members on it. I would then take the suggestions and work with Ron on implementing them.
You do have the ability to post files when you start a new thread. See Brandon’s posts here: https://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/crash-course-business-cards-samples-3/12021
What does everyone think about a new forum folder entitled "Files" where people who are creating digital products such as power point slides, cards, etc., can post updated files?
Don, I would appreciate it if you consult with me (either publicly or privately where appropriate) about anything considered "administrative" or managerial. All other project-related stuff is game.
Director of Volunteer Operations
Thanks for the update Yoshi. Good work.
I look forward to seing what you come up with.
I have added several members since we last spoke, so I’ll work on a better way to deliver the contact data to you. Look for an email.
That’s excellent. Whenever you do this, I highly encourage you to share the link in the Website Links section.
Director of Volunter Ops.
I appreciate your stepping forward on these topics.
With that said, I can’t grant you access to modify forums folders. In fact, I can’t even do it myself. Ron is the webmaster for the site and only he controls that. Before we start adding forums, etc., I want to make sure we have a very clear plan for information flow and incorporate any other changes to the forum structure that we want.
What you can do is start a new thread under the General Discussions section about geographic connectivity.
I have all of the member’s contact information and their geographic locations, but as you said, I think the system needs to be voluntary as you suggest as some members do not wish to have their information posted.
Here’s what I suggest: start a thread entitled "Contact Information" and ask members to post their Name, Phone Number, and City. Suggest that members put their email in the following format name(at)server.com to hide it from the bots. Might also be a good idea for everyone to post their phone numbers backwards, not sure about that though.
Once you get that set up, I will send out a mass mail directing everyone to go to your thread.
Also, you might want to contact Yoshi Hash about his Google Maps project. Members could post their information there so we have a truly global view of our membership base.
As far as the project list, etc, I have most of that information that I can send you. I would like to make that a sticky in General Discussions, so wait for my direction on that. I would like to do that in an organized way so let’s coordinate on that.
I think Erik’s point about direction was that people either tend not to post here about their activities or they don’t readily start or respond to requests for projects that I post here about Wikipedia articles, etc. When we asked people to do something on the forum, no one would respond. What we found was that we got the best success when I would specifically email members asking for help, etc. What we concluded was that people just simply aren’t checking the forums regularly.
I think a combination of direct contact through email and a little more structure to the forums will get more people involved.
I don’t think it’s the members who have fallen behind. As I said in my update above, everyone HAS been actively working on promoting and spreading the word. It’s the participation in the forums that has been less than we’d hoped for. That’s where we must focus our efforts so that we may truly organize this organization.
Well enough, but times are crazy!
I can well understand how you might be a little scarce during finals.
I think Jason sent you something awhile back asking about the final YouTube video descriptions. He said he didn’t get a response from you and said he might take a crack at finishing them.
In any case, I figured you were very busy so I thought I’d wait to bother you for a week or two! :]
You know, there’s an entire seciton of this forum dedicated to posting links to forums where you have mentioned the Crash Course. It’s the Website Links folder.
The purpose for it is so others know what is being said where and, when appropriate, can chime in with supporting comments. I trust everyone will use discretion and not overdo it!
Eventually, I’ll set up a "User Guide" sticky for these forums…
Thanks for sharing. It’s always good to have such insight.
Thanks for sharing this with us. I think it’s a great idea and a good way for getting the word out to some important people.
So, the concept would be for any of us who send DVDs to influential individuals to post their contact information (email, phone, etc) so that the rest of the group can support the initiation, talk up the DVD, and make the effort more effective and make them more likely to actually watch it.
Glad to see you finally joined, by the way!
It’s a great suggestion and something I’ve considered. One problem is I can’t quite figure out a way to do it anonymously. Some members have expressed to me that they would not want their email given out to all the members.
The forum is supposed to be that avenue. All the members are supposed to be checking it regulary and responding to relevant posts. We are a ways off from that, but I’m working on it.
For now, if someone wants to contact members directly, you can request it through a new thread and I can send out a mass-mail to everyone directing them to the thread with a link.
That may eventually encourage more forum participation as well.
Collective participation is the very spirit of the Brigade and it is something that we thought should be a primary function of the group from the very beginning. The Brigade has its origins as a YouTube promotion mechanism. At the time our idea was to have a select group of people launch viral marketing campaigns in preparation for our YouTube launch. But it has evolved into something much larger. Since then the implementation has changed, but the core concept is still there.
With that in mind, the Brigade itself has yet to meet its true potential. But we will get there. As we develop the proper tools and earn the right people, our little grass-roots effort will evolve into something truly world-changing.