Hi,

CoActivate.org has now been running for a week on its new server and I wanted to send out a brief message to let the site’s users know where we are and what’s in store.

The transfer itself went pretty smoothly.  Many thanks to Paul Winkler at OpenPlans for his tremendous assistance before and during last week’s transfer, and to OpenPlans for their support.  During the transfer we also upgraded the site to OpenCore’s latest release, 0.18.  Highlights of the upgrade include:

  • Most of the site’s interface is now translated into Spanish, Portugese, and French — many thanks to macagua and Pierre George for supplying the translations.
  • On a project’s manage-team page, administrators will now see a “Send a message to your team” button.  You can click this button to send an email to your project’s “discussion” mailing list.  Thanks to Tom L. for the suggestion.
  • On a project’s manage-team page, administrators will now see their project members sorted by name.
  • Improved load times and better support for international text.

Since the transfer I’ve been working on the site’s systems for automated testing, monitoring and backups.  In the coming weeks I’ll be fixing bugs and making improvements frequently (check the site news for updates) and I’d like to administer and develop the site as transparently as possible.  I’m hoping to strike a good balance between quick fixes and large scale changes so that the site can see a steady stream of improvements.  Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any bug reports, feature suggestions or other feedback: https://www.coactivate.org/contact-site-admin

More broadly, in the course of providing and improving CoActivate and its tools, I’m hoping to build up the site as a living knowledge base about social advocacy, community organizing and project management, and to express the evolving best practices of advocacy and organizing tools in its suite of free/opensource products.  Building an ongoing dialogue between the site’s users and developers is essential to realizing that dream.  So if you are a frequent user of the site please also consider joining the Coactivate Users’ Group.  It’s a public space for talking about our projects on CoActivate, sharing knowledge about how best to use the site, and thinking about what we could improve.

Thanks to all the site’s users for your support and use of CoActivate.  I’m looking forward to making it even better.

Ethan

CoActivate.org site admin

Filed June 23rd, 2010 under Uncategorized

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