Proposal to hide OuiShare FB groups on our website
In connection with our current website content restructuring project, I would like to propose that we no longer display the long list of OuiShare topical Facebook groups, called "Knowledge groups" on the website.
The reason we originally added these when the website was launched in 2014 was because we wanted to show publicly how active the ouishare community is and at that time, our Facebook groups were indeed one of our main activities.
Arguments for deleting them:
- 90 % of the groups are no longer active, and do not have a leader managing them
- We still receive many requests from people to join our groups that come from the website (because this is how they find them), which are in most cases ignored, which puts us in a bad light and creates frustration among people wanting to join
- We have discussed the subject multiple times in the past of getting people more engaged again in curating groups, but have not seen much interest from Connectors or Members in taking the lead on curating groups any more
- there is too much information on the website anyways and we need to focus our message more
- We don't need these Facebook groups anymore to show that OuiShare is doing lots of great stuff, because we have other awesome projects to show :)
Arguments against deleting them
The few groups that may still be active will be more difficult to find. HOWEVER I suggest that all groups that still have an active curator create a project page on the website instead, so they can still be easily found.
that's all I have! If any one has any other strong arguments for keeping them, let me know!
Francesca started a proposal April 12th, 2016 13:45
Delete the list of knowledge groups from the OuiShare website Closed 11:08pm - Friday 15 Apr 2016
We are speaking about deleting this list that links to OuiShare's topical facebook groups which are no longer active: http://ouishare.net/en/communities/knowledge_groups
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|Abstain - 13|
|Disagree - 13|
|Block - 13|
April 12th, 2016 15:36
I think, from my experience curating OuiShare Open Knowledge, that having the knowledge groups on the website is not a bad idea if the group is active and it's linked to the FB group. Besides, it also helps people find connectors o members by topic.
April 13th, 2016 04:07
What if you got rid of all the inactive groups, and just kept the links to active groups who are open to new members joining and actively facilitating those spaces?
April 13th, 2016 14:53
For me OS FB groups are still a vital part of OS. Moving debates/info sharing to more obscure (i.e. difficult to join) corners like Slack or custom made Telegram groups we wil leave a lot of people out. I would rather looks for leaders and engagement
April 14th, 2016 08:37
I think FB groups listed in the website is another channel to deliver traffic to the knowledge groups and a way of positioning ouishare as experts giving them visibility.
April 14th, 2016 11:52
It would make sense to recreate active groups as "Communities" so they could be joined on the website.
Our former plan to enhance projects with "join" option hasn't fit the budget or priorities so far.
April 14th, 2016 21:21
I think they are pretty useful for those people that are interested in specific topic. FB, it's hard to admit,is one of the the most used channel... Maybe those inactive will become active at some point:):)
April 15th, 2016 05:21
As much as I'd like to see alternatives to FB, it's still an easy to use/find/join channel for many otherwise not reached. So +1 with Alberts et al. More aline with Alana. Criteria: having a leader OR being active OR marking as dormant/being patient
April 15th, 2016 08:11
If only 10% of those channels work, I think it would be good to let these channels active, .. would not it be better to close those that are not working and those who are left open whether working?, keep it simple :)