|Community Organization Software||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:02:24 -0700 (PDT)|
What we need is a community organization software that can be used from day one—first meeting. And grow with the community. It needs to help communities with a structure that offers aids to being organized, at the level they need. It needs to be sustainable while it addresses a niche market. Something for everyone in one package is too confusing. And requires too many compromises. I think the Wordpress (WP) plugin model is wonderful. First level services are free and fully functional. Once an organization needs more, there is more to be had for an annual or monthly fee. That allows communities to learn what the software will do and what they need. Most people don’t know what they need. They have to try things. They won’t pay for things they need (or know they need). Paying up front for something that everyone else says is wonderful often doesn’t work. Too much behind the scenes Trumpism. Hidden relationships making everyone rich instead of honest information. I’ve been looking for the best way to transfer websites, for example. I paid almost $100 for a software that many professionals in the field say is the gold standard. Say what? It was ridiculous. After 3 contacts with their support staff and a week of testing and repeating and restoring, I said it didn’t work for me. They refused to refund my money when other companies had quickly refunded fees when I explained problems. I trust WP plugins that I have used and liked, and can upgrade to professional versions when I need them. I’m not hesitant to pay for a plugin, or even to donate, when I know something works and the organization is easy to work with and honest. So having a basic software that does most of the things a community wants until they are up and running, I think is crucial. They need something day one and it would be nice to start in one place and stay there. So I’m still game to work on a community organization software using WP. Nothing so complicated that it takes three years to produce or have a degree in programming to use. Someone set up a forum a few years ago to focus all the software discussion on a plan. I’m not a forum person except for asking questions about software, but this one seemed too complicated and not organic. And the conversation quickly turned to debates about programming. I dropped out but I don’t know if others continued. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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