i3 Detroit's members have lots of ways to communicate with each other and with the public. This page attempts to catalog them.
Yeah, the one you're reading right now. Account creation is manual, but not actually restricted to members-only, because we've had a few outsiders interested in contributing. See HOWTO_Get_a_Wiki_Account. As with all wikis, Be Bold!
This is the entirety of our institutional knowledge. If you want to know something, look here. If it's not here yet, try to add it.
The Mailing Lists
Have their own page over at Mailing list. You should be on three of them after the onboarding process, if you aren't talk to the membership coordinator.
Slack is a chat platform. It's like IRC but easier for some people to use.
Topics here are a little loose, but further discussion of music is in #music, for instance. It's recommended to join *all* the channels you can possibly see yourself being interested in, so you're aware of the conversations that happen within them, and you can get involved in more stuff!
Slack is meant to fill a perceived gap in our communication channels. While all members need to be on the mailing list for important updates and the most basic coordination, we don't necessarily want long conversational threads or multiple threads for big topics.
In regards to etiquette, slack is designed for small-ish businesses so it expects that you would be respectful. Channel invites are auto-join and public topics are adjustable by anyone. If we find people behaving inappropriately they can be removed as this is not essential for membership.
To get onto slack, go into the #Membership Database (CRM), the "services" tab, and hit invite.
- Once you have registered you will be emailed a link but here it is as well, and of course download links can be found here as well:
How or Why?
- Are you coordinating an event or big/public project? You might want to make a channel and invite the stakeholders.
- Want to see what a SIG (special interest group) is up to? check out their channel
- Have a small project that you are working on with one or two other people? Make a private group
- want to stay up to date on general i3 business or be chatty? check out #space-business or #offtopic and talk about slack or get help in #meta or #new-members
After you have registered
- Be sure to fill out your slack profile. Remembering 150 peoples names is hard, remembering all of their usernames too is near impossible. To be extra helpful you can also upload a picture of your face.
Find a way to add i3detroit's public Google Calendar to your personal calendaring system. It's important!
Every member is allowed to post stuff here, but setting up the credentials is manual so it's done on demand. For write access (as with most of i3's online stuff), ask on the members-only Mailing list.
If you only need to post infrequently, and would rather not bother getting access, you can email Nate B or (other volunteers here) with the following info:
- Date, time, and duration.
- What part of the space (zone, commons, classroom, off-site)
- Any blurb you'd like to include or link to (email thread, eventbrite, etc)
- And if it's a recurring event, how often and when it recurs. Though in this case you should probably do it yourself so you can manage cancellations, etc.
Or just create an event on your own calendar and add firstname.lastname@example.org as a guest. Make sure to click the Add button! You may change the details later on your own calendar, and the updates will automatically be pushed out to ours. If it asks whether you would like to send an invite, you may say no.
Membership Database (CRM)
This is at https://www.i3detroit.org/crm/ and runs Seltzer. Use it to look up members' phone numbers and emergency contact info, see who mentors whom, etc. Also it might be useful for making Dues Payments
If you've never logged into it before and thus don't *have* a password yet, or if you've *forgotten* your password, just use the "reset password" link on the login page, and supply the email you used when signing up for membership. It should email you a new password and then you can log in.
Like most open-source projects, we're on Freenode. Channel is #i3detroit. The easiest way to join is by clicking the "Web chat" link on the front page of https://www.i3detroit.org, which will open a browser-based chat client and plunge you right in. Say hi, then be patient because not all of us are at our keyboards all the time! "Drive-by greeting" is considered poor IRC etiquette, so stick around a few minutes! If you can install and run a real client, or use a shell session for persistence, that's better.
The front page of www.i3detroit.com runs on Wordpress, and features articles written by members. ANY MEMBER can post! Suggested topics include:
- Upcoming events
- Event recaps
- Project kickoffs / work-days
- Project write-ups
- Project featured elsewhere so check it out
To get a Wordpress account created, post on the members' mailing list and ask for it. Wordpress lets you pick your own public-facing name which will appear at the top of all the posts you write, so specify this in the request, otherwise the person creating the account will make one up for you.
There are some posting guidelines over at HOWTO make a blog post.
Goodness! An old-fashioned telephone?
Yes! Well, not exactly, there's VOIP 'twixt the two ends. But still, it's accessible on the PSTN, so it counts. It's at +1-248-556-9995 and rings inside the space. IF YOU HEAR A PHONE RINGING IN THE SPACE, PLEASE ANSWER IT. It's probably someone who is interested in the space and wants to know how to get a tour. Sometimes it's a news reporter or something. Do what you see fit, but if you feel the call needs followup, jot down the details and post to the members' mailing list.
Eventbrite is just for things with a limited number of seats where people need to reserve seats ahead of time. Also it can charge admission but that's horrible and we try to avoid using it that way. More info at HOWTO Host an Event at i3detroit.
This goes to a handful of members, and is generally only used by external contacts when -public does not seem appropriate. Since you've got this far, you know that you can search this wiki for more specific contact information so consider this address a last resort.
The rotating announcement slideshow, running on a TV in the commons, has its own page.
Occasionally, humans monitor and respond to the @i3detroit account too. Don't count on it.
= The Twitterbot =
Since we don't have any paid staff, and thus don't have regular "open" hours, we needed a way to tell the world when it was OK to visit. That mechanism is the Twitterbot. Physically, it's a switch right by the door, which any member can throw when they enter the space, if they feel like inviting guests. (It's expected that they'll turn it off again when this is no longer the case.)
When the switch is thrown, two things happen:
- The top-right box on the website indicates "The space is OPEN FOR GUESTS" instead of "Closed, come back later".
- A tweet goes out on @i3detroit saying something to the above effect, possibly including a photo taken at the moment the switch was thrown.
Operation detailed at Twitterbot.>
Facebook Page is here: https://www.facebook.com/i3detroit