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The [board]Wiki Spot board tries to be open, but maybe there's something not said just because it hasn't come up before. The board only handles things like the boring paperwork and accounting stuff needed for fundraising, keeping the web servers running and maintaining the software. If you have any questions about the stuff on the Davis Wiki, you should ask the community. If you have a question about the stuff that keeps the arrows spinning, ask here.

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2010-06-25 13:04:41   To elaborate a bit: I've talked to Jason a bit about the board, but I'm curious to know more about it. How does the board function? Does geographical distance end up being much of an obstacle for the members? How frequently do they meet? How does one get involved and help out (without knowing anything about programming...)? Is there any turnover and/or how does one join the board? —TomGarberson

The best thing you could do, software-wise, is just enter your email to the box for more info at [WWW] - we will be sending out an email w/ our source code repository & info when we get majorly started on the new code when our fundraising drive is over.

And that's another big thing — helping us meet our fundraising goal by September! We're in hardcore fundraising mode until mid-September. We'll be holding tabling sessions at Farmers Market, etc to do on the ground fundraising soon. Can you help with that? If so, email! We'll be putting a call out for help w/ that stuff soon, too (on the wiki here). Even though we've done really well with an all-volunteer, no-money approach so far, meeting our fundraising goal will do wonders in terms of letting us coordinate and manage volunteers across the globe. And the software grant we've received gives us real legitimacy — we will be doing this! The question is: will we also have modest resources to help with outreach and education? And that's why the fundraiser is so important. Encourage your friends to pledge & help us meet our goal! Know of someone or some business that can donate in-kind? Etc! We will be going all-out on this real soon..

As far as geo distance & board members, we do meetings via phone & email, so it doesn't matter where you are on that front. —PhilipNeustrom

2010-06-25 13:08:22   Attend meetings? Be active? —StevenDaubert

2010-07-03 09:06:41   Would the board be interested in purchasing a table and canopy for the farmer's market? Without at least a table, tabling isn't going to happen, and we'll probably get a lot more volunteers if they aren't stuck sitting in the sun. While we can sometimes borrow them from other organizations and the like, today seems to suggest that we can't really rely on that. —TomGarberson

2010-07-28 14:46:40   Something that's come up a couple of times recently is how the LocalWiki Project relates to DavisWiki, WikiSpot, and so on. Particularly with tabling and fundraising in Davis, folks are interested in how donations to localwiki are going to affect DavisWiki. Are donations to localwiki going to directly benefit daviswiki or the Davis community, or are they solely for the benefit of the pilot communities and, in the long run, other communities that start local wikis down the line? Obviously the new software is going to be a nice effect for the Davis wiki, but my impression is that that's coming out of the Knight News grant. I'm mainly curious about the pledge drive going on right now.

On a totally separate note, two different people have asked about iPhone apps out at the Farmer's Market. Anything in the works? —TomGarberson

2010-07-29 08:16:27   Oh, and one more question: any geographic limitations on the pilot communities? Do they need to be within driving distance of Davis, for example? —TomGarberson

2011-05-26 18:17:51   Note that there's a board meeting tonight at 8pm. For annoying technical reasons, the conference call is closed (yes, it's not ideal). But if you put anything here (questions, issues, etc), I'll make sure to bring it up. Note that this is the Wiki Spot board, which means it doesn't have much (if anything) to do with the content and culture of Davis Wiki, but instead purely handles the technical and legal plumbing that keeps everything running. In other words, Wiki Spot has nothing to do with the thorny issues of allegations or discounts for wiki reviews — that kind of stuff is totally up to us to figure out as a community. The board just keeps the power bill paid for the server and works on long term plans like Localwiki. Sorry for the late notice; that's my fault. Tom suggested this a day or two ago, and it slipped my mind (I also hoped we'd figure out a better way to do the call). Of course, if it's after 8pm or even the following day, you can always ask and get an answer. —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards,

2011-07-12 22:09:30   Hi, I work at Lasting Impressions In Davis CA. It was brought to my attention today that there is some fowl language on the DavisWiki site for Lasting Impressions. I just checked it and indeed there is a post that contains an offensive slang word by Mogitha from July of 2010. How does this get removed, or does it just have to stay there? Thanks for your time. Kind Regards, Beth Davis —Bethers

Dear Davis Wiki. I appreciate greatly this project. I own a local business and I check in on the Wiki regularly. The good news is that more people come to my website through the Davis Wiki than Yelp. The bad news is that people are not contributing comments or content to this Wiki nearly as much as they were a couple years ago. Go through one business page after another and you will see a great decline in comments over the last 18 months. As a result, I'm worried about the long term viability of this project. As a side note, I was also involved in the Experimental College on the UCD campus, which was a great community institution in Davis for over forty years. In December 2013, the EC was suspended by the ASUCD—which is probably effectively closed. The reason the EC was closed, in a quick summary, is that they didn't adapt and they were poorly managed. Please don't let this happen to the Wiki. The Wiki needs to wake up. Do they have a board of directors? Why isn't there a Davis News of the Day section at the top of the front page? There needs to be a campaign to get people to contribute their comments. Do you have statistics/metrics on how many comments are being added each day? These should be readily available so that anyone who is concerned about this project can be aware of its situation. Please don't fall behind.

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