Re: CoHousing meetings which meet social distancing requirements
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 13:47:05 -0700 (PDT)
We've been using Zoom -- I think one resident was having a problem
accessing it. Our 2nd Zoom plenary meeting is coming up and I'm hoping that
that one problem will have been resolved.

I suppose that a publicized gathering of any kind, like a public meeting,
is much more susceptible to being zoom-bombed, whereas presumably your coho
Zoom session invitations are sent only within your community. Also, Zoom
hosts are now learning about settings they can use to eliminate hackers or
immediately disable their access. And finally, I believe the Zoom folks are
very aware of this issue and are working hard to give session hosts more
controls and easier access to controls.

On Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 4:19 PM Tom @ Gather <info [at]> wrote:

> For those of you on Gather, I'll soon be deploying a feature that makes it
> easy to use passwords with zoom without actually having to remember the
> password. this should eliminate any security issues with zoom well keeping
> its remarkable ease-of-use.
> On Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 16:06 Chris Hansen <itschrishansen [at]> wrote:
> > Hi everyone
> > I'm wondering how you all are meeting with the growing need for social
> > distancing, and many common houses being closed?
> > We have collectively used zoom, however there's concern amongst residents
> > about privacy and security, hacking and zoombombing which a number of our
> > residents recently experienced in a local public meeting.
> > A good proportion of our residents are older and it's taken quite a while
> > to get zoom working.
> > I've looked at other options- skype I find much inferior quality-wise
> with
> > a lot of call-drops, and microsoft teams seems expensive and complex.
> > I also have my doubts that we are going to get our residents all on
> > facebook or whatsapp (and am not sure that they are any more secure or
> > reliable)
> > So- I'm wondering how other cohousing communities are communicating, and
> > what you see as the advantages/disadvantages of each option?
> > Many thanks!
> > Chris Hansen
> > Burlington CoHousing East Village
> > Vermont
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