In last week’s organizing conference call, participants attention was called to the presence of BuddyPress on the web site for networking, groups and group forums as well as CollabPress for giving those groups their own project management and task tracking tools. While it was mentioned previously that we have things set up for a hierarchical structure among those groups, I’m both pleased and embaraased to announce that I finally found the setting to actually show that as a tree-like directory on the groups page, so that’s done now.
New groups added recently, by the way, include the Web Site Team group and the Graphic Arts Team group.
Today, BuddyPress Docs was added for document collaboration in groups and a Google Translate widget was added at the bottom of the web site sidebar in order to make the site available in several languages other than English.
Additionally, a widely used customer support software package, osTicket, was installed yesterday with intent to offer issue tracking and shared access to team email addresses for national and state level teams — both for sake of responsiveness to requests to the campaign or particular teams. Setup, configuration and procedure development for osTicket are ongoing and more info will be released when the tool is ready for use.
In other web site related campaign news, I moved the site off of the free web host it was on to my own personal hosting account in response to widespread reports of AT&T/Mediacom customers having difficulty reaching the site on the free host. As I intend to close that personal account soon to cut my own expenses, we need to either raise some money for a campaign-owned hosting account elsewhere or get on the stick about one of the offers of hosting space we’ve received — within the next week, or two at most.
You might have noticed that the overall theme to be found here is collaboration — and you can think of that in terms of “co” being there for both cooperation and communication, followed by “labor”.