Hey y’all, I’m Hakanto. I help with onboarding processes, coordination, and various things here at Resonate. We’re about to be doing a lot of work soon to renovate the forum here, so it’s a great time to get some feedback on this space. lt’s up to all of us what we want to do here together. Or if we conclude that this space doesn’t fit all the kinds of interactions we want to foster, then we need to brainstorm other complementary kinds of community spaces as well! So hey, please share your ideas, frustrations, dreams, all the above.
Here’s a couple examples of really bustling Discourse forums!
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There is an emerging vision among active staff to open up this forum and make it a more public space. A kind of “front porch” for Resonate. This way, it can be more engaging not only for members, but to anyone who has interest in Resonate and wants to express their thoughts, questions, and give feedback. Discourse (the open source software this forum is built on) has great built-in features to limit spam and objectionable posts, so the space would still stay nice and tidy.
Now that we have more volunteers and folks actively working on maintaining and upgrading Resonate, we can also focus more on outreach and updates to members. If you’ve ever wondered “Uh, is… is anything happening here? Is this platform growing?” Well, the answer is resolutely yes! – in fact, ironically, many of us have been so busy that we haven’t gotten around to posting updates here in the Community Forum about everything that’s happening! And that’s silly! And it’s changing. So now, you can look forward to new information appearing here more often about what the co-op is working on. And there will be opportunities to help out, if you’re interested.
One of the things I’ve wondered is if anyone is interested in creating a parallel text-chat space, like people use Discord for. Discourse (watch out, the two names are way too similar) is a really great forum platform, but it also can feel a bit… formal sometimes? There’s a kind of relaxedness that comes with the fleeting nature of conversation on real time text chat platforms. That idea is a bit up in the air, but there are some cool ways to integrate Discourse notifications into the following chat platforms if we wanted to start something like that. Chat Integration | Discourse - Civilized Discussion
As was said, ultimately this co-op and this space in particular is whatever we decide to do with it (and whatever we have the resources and labor to build!), so please share your thoughts. There’s so much exciting stuff going on behind the scenes, and I’m excited to share more about it with all of you – to make all of this more transparent and welcoming. And I look forward to meeting other musicians and enthusiasts for the ethical streaming vision we are all building together.