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[liberationtech] Liberationtech List Reminder

Yosem Companys companys at
Thu Feb 2 16:08:06 PST 2017

That's a great idea, José María. So you would like to see a new
mailing list? What would you suggest we call it? Miscellaneous?

We are in the process of building a community blog for Liberationtech
that would allow up/down voting of topics, polling, and other
capabilities. Word Press is the gold standard, but it does not allow
for the other features I mentioned. Any suggestions on what CMS or
other software that we could use to accomplish this objective?

Another thing I have noticed is that, although we have a Twitter feed,
we never really share or discuss any news on the mailing list. I
actually think it is probably better that way. Subscriber-initiated
discussions are usually more substantive and interesting. But perhaps
we can integrate the Liberationtech list into a blog somehow in a way
that shows more than just the last three tweets. Or maybe integrate
Liberationtech's Paperli, which provides a summary of the day's
Liberationtech news.

We are very interested in hearing other ideas that we could implement
to improve Liberationtech. You can dream big, and we'll see if we can
find the money for it. Or make small suggestions. For example, one
suggestion is to make the site more female friendly, something that I
am still trying to unpack with the person who made the suggestion.

There are also debates about moderation. Should every post be
moderated? A while back, we took a vote, and we decided not to do that
because it slows the process of conversation a lot. What we usually do
is that if someone violates the site guidelines, we will issue a
warning, and if a violation occurs again, the culprit is permanently
moderated. In some cases, we will moderate an entire thread until
cooler heads prevail.

Anyway, this is just to give you a context of how the list is run and
to ask for your ideas on how we could improve the list. I would
greatly appreciated. We may sometimes do things wrong, but we always
try to run the list in the spirit of the ideas of democracy, freedom,
and transparency that we hold dear.


On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 3:54 PM, José María Mateos <chema at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 09:00:57PM -0800, Yosem Companys wrote:
>> We also have a series of listservs on topics related to Liberationtech.
>> The
>> most important lists are the following:
>>   - Events:
>>   - Jobs:
>>   - CfP:
>> For the aforementioned lists, we try to compile a list of all events, job
>> opportunities, and call for papers related to Liberationtech from all over
>> the world.
> Related to this: would it be possible to have a list that contains all
> e-mails not related to any of these topics? I am typically very interested
> in many discussions that take place on this list, but not particularly in
> events, jobs or CfP announcements. Perhaps e-mails pertaining to these
> particular topics could be flagged in some way to facilitate filtering on
> our side.
> Just a thought. I enjoy the list anyway :-)
> JMM.
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