[conspire] (forw) Re: Join my network on LinkedIn

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Sep 26 17:37:33 PDT 2006

Maybe I've just been unreasonably down on cults, ever since one murdered
my congressman.  ;->

Passed along in part because Consultant Commons does seem like a
worthwhile initiative for _some_ folks:  It's a collaborative site 
intended for the use by/for technology consultants to non-profit groups.

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Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:48:09 -0700
From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com>
To: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Subject: Re: Join my network on LinkedIn

Good points. How about linking on Consultant Commons, then?

ConsultantCommons provides an online collaboration space and community
for non-profit technical assistance providers to collaboratively build
and share knowledge. The goal of ConsultantCommons.org is to provide a
resource for nonprofit technology assistance providers to share and
develop consulting tools and resources. The system is designed so that
consultants can find, contribute and collaborate on tools and
information they use to maintain a consultancy and provide services to

The key features of this systems:

   * The system is highly collaborative (a near wiki environment
where consultants can directly edit content and content structure on
the site toward building and refining tools)

   * Open source, open content: Built with open source software, and
applying a creative commons license to govern the content.

   * Community owned: While Compumentor is powering the site and
providing community management support, it is hosted at a non-profit
and environmentally friendly ISP; and we intend to work toward
establishing some sort of community governance structure in the near

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Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 17:31:42 -0700
From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
To: Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Join my network on LinkedIn

Quoting Edward Cherlin (echerlin at gmail.com):

> Good points. How about linking on Consultant Commons, then?

I'm unclear on what problem we're solving, exactly?

It looks like a standard Drupal site -- overrun with comment spam, as
usual.  I generally prefer wikis (I find CMSes too un-malleable, slow,
and complex), and in general prefer to put things I intend to publish on
_my_ Web site, not someone else's.  (My personal preference in wiki
software is MoinMoin.  My personal preference in knowledgebase software
is my own hacked version of PerlHoo.)

It does look like a fine collaborative project among those interested in 
building it -- and my compliments to CompuMentor and ThinkHost, Inc.
I'm just not sure why I personally would be interested.

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