|Re: Websites for communities - required?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael Barrett (mbarretttoast.net)|
|Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:37:43 -0800 (PST)|
I totally agree with Fred's appreciation of Coho/US's cohousing directory at http://www.cohousing.org/directory. A very valuable resource.
However as Fred points out the entry for any particular community is only as good as the community has maintained it. The maintenance is entirely the community's responsibility, and undertaken by a self appointed editor. The only downside of that is that the process of becoming an editor, and then making subsequent edits, is less than totally obvious. Having been the editor for Shadowlake Village for several years I was frustrated each time I would attempt to make an update, having to laboriously relearn each time, substantially by experiment, how to gain access. I know that by now I am not the sharpest tack in the box, but if COHO/US is reading this, please could the directions for editors' access be reviewed, expanded and clarified.
Michael Barrett - at Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg, VA - where the sun is shining, the temperature is 43°and the bees that survived the recent very cold spell are active.
http://www.cohousing.org/directory/view/5901 http://www.shadowlakevillage.org Community contact: info [at] shadowlakevillage.org-----Original Message----- From: Fred H Olson
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2014 1:08 PM To: Cohousing-L mailing list Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Websites for communities - required? These days communities who need to market themselves (recruit members / sell units) will find having a web site about themselves to be helpful. But communities that have a stable membership will have less need for one. Some such communities are happy to live without self promotion. Indeed given reports of "visitor fatigue", I suspect some consciously choose to keep a low profile. My impression is that many / most / a large majority (?) of Danish cohousing communities do not have web sites. I have never come across anything close to the Coho/US cohousing directory http://www.cohousing.org/directory for Denmark. There have been lists from time to time but I have not seen a recent one in ages, has anyone? I know of one community in the northwest USA of activists who seem to avoid publicizing their existence. (If anyone who knows who I am referring to and knows anything recent about them, I'd appreciate hearing an update (DIRECT to me! )). The Coho/US cohousing directory http://www.cohousing.org/directory ( in conjunction with the Fellowship of Intentional Communites http://ic.org ) does provide a basic web page about every community in it. I call these "directory pages" (the first page one gets to by clicking on a community name in the directory). Directory pages have space for a small narrative description plus lots of "categorical" information (based on responses by editor to web form questions). A few examples of such info: Date of last update Contact Info Visitor Process Cohousing Details Population Governance type One can add links to images and youtube videos. Often the directory page (depending on the editor) provides more complete basic information than most community web sites. Describing it as "basic" does not due a well maintaind one justice. Thus John Goldberg pointed out:
A website for Southside Park Cohousing in Sacramento is http://www.cohousing.org/directory/view/1912
As Richard L. Kohlhaas pointed out the directory pages are only as good as the information in them. Old , obsolete information is not only not helpful but detrimental. Old info parading as current is a bane of the internet. How many org. calendars have you seen with no entries, leaving you to wonder is the org inactive or just does not have someone maintaining the calendar? ic.org has a good system for keeping directory pages updated by a representative of the community ("editor") and a system for reminding editors to update them. Once an editor is registered they will get periodic (2-3 times a year) email reminders to update the community's directory page. But this system is only as good as it is used by someone from each community. In case you want to search your inbox for an update reminder (i.e. you think you are and editor) The subject line of such a message starts "Update your listing..." and comes from "FIC Online Directory" (may be truncated in your index) It contains a direct link to the web pages to do the update. I do not see an easy way for a registered editor to get directly to the update page from a community's directory page. (I do not think they do not have a username/password system for editors.) At the bottom of the page there is a list of current editors for that page and a link to becoming an editor. I urge everyone to make sure your community's directory page is reasonably current. You could ask around and find out if some one has checked recently or simply go look at your community's page via http://www.cohousing.org/directory And if it is not current or does not have an editor listed, find someone (you?) to become editor and get it updated (periodically). Note that there is no charge for being in the directory (which encourages universal coverage). But of course contributions to Coho/US are appreciated.Fred who thinks the directory is http://cohousing.org 's best and most useful
feature. -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Email: fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 My Link Pg: http://fholson.cohousing.org My org: Communications for Justice -- Free, superior listserv's w/o ads _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
- Websites for communities - required? Fred H Olson, January 12 2014
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