Re: Cohousing Digital System
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:56:07 -0800 (PST)
> On Feb 10, 2020, at 10:03 AM, Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at] 
>> wrote:
> Greetings, I would like to know if any cohousing communities are using
> internal membership software that has at least 5 contributors that are
> administering it.

I think you might have better luck finding a system that many cohousing 
communities use so if you have a problem, you can contact another community. 
Finding 5 people in my community who would go near overseeing any computer 
based system would be impossible. I’ve tried. Some do computer work all 
day—installing, fixing, programming, spam detection, etc.—so they are totally 
uninterested but will confer. 

To monitor a system that people are dependent on is something most people don't 
want to do. I’ve not been able to find anyone who will be second chair to our 
email discussion lists. It isn’t a big job but when someone’s email is hacked 
or a list isn’t working, it has to be fixed quickly. Email hacks get our whole 
system closed down by our ISP. With so many people working at home now, this is 
crisis time.

Gather is the best I’ve seen and most predictably sustainable on their end 
because it is supported by a cooperative that includes more people than work 
directly on the software. And it seems fairly easy to learn so many members 
could be familiar enough to troubleshoot. Or call someone at another community.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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