[occupyaustin-it] Needs of the occupiers app
koymkg at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 10:30:20 CST 2012
Nolan, I like this! Precisely on point. Ken
On 1/22/12, Nolan Darilek <nolan at thewordnerd.info> wrote:
> This is why IT needs to be occupying GAs.
> Things got sort of contentious last night. I stepped aside to have a
> discussion with one of our heavy occupiers on the ground, and mentioned
> that we'd bandied around the idea of a system for letting people know
> what things were needed so someone wanting to contribute five minutes, a
> few dollars, etc. to the occupation could. It could include everything
> from "we need dish soap" to "We need a truck and two other volunteers to
> pick an agreed-upon time to get the Freedom Tower to city hall." She was
> instantly all over the idea and really seemed to think it'd be useful.
> So I'm going to make this happen. If we ultimately have to build this
> ourselves, it isn't going to be all that damned complicated, but we need
> some widely publicized system so that just about every need we have can
> be entered by anyone from anywhere then blasted out to a bunch of channels.
> First, does anyone know of something like this? Ticketing systems are
> the most obvious, but who wants to enter a ticket for dish soap? It
> needs to take five seconds to register a need for dish soap, no more. If
> people have to spend several minutes filing a ticket, negotiating a
> bunch of fields, setting priorities, etc. that's just not going to work.
> Ideally there should be a work flow that involves texting "dish soap" to
> a number and having that logged. We'll sort out abuse issues later, but
> I think right now it's important to have this need filled by more than
> just individuals tweeting. Also, ticketing systems are targeted at
> project-style workflows, and that just isn't what we have here. If it
> takes someone a few minutes to enter that they need hand sanitizer, they
> aren't as likely to do so.
> Am I just being too hard on ticketing systems? Is there anything out
> there that accounts for needs both light, like shopping lists, or heavy,
> like events on specific dates?
> I've also looked at CitizenLogic.com as suggested a couple months ago,
> but aside from not really getting the point, it doesn't really look like
> it has the consensus features I'd like to see (I.e. people agreeing on a
> time to get the Freedom Tower out.)
> If no one can think of/refer something, I'm going to put together a
> functional spec and start building an app. An initial version that
> supports at least quick drafting/checking off of shopping list items can
> be put together fairly quickly. The multi-volunteer quest system might
> take a bit longer. Hey, maybe the items can be quests and people can
> rank on a leaderboard based on number/rate completed.
> Anyhow, just wanted to put that out there. There are definitely real
> needs that we can be filling, needs that can improve people's
> livelihoods, but they're not necessarily easy to spot from up north.
> Glad we're talking about returning downtown.
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