A Conversation for Introducing the Volunteer Teams

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Post 41

Rev Nick - dead man walking (mostly)

Your 'PS' note is perhaps what I was referring to, many posts ago. I knew there was a school and class trying to be 'seen'


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Post 42

lil ~ Auntie Giggles with added login ~ returned


That was the one which had to be stopped because it was possible to 'jigsaw' the pupils by name, age, school, teacher and town. Google made it possible to find the school and the list of teachers confirming their location. The Italics contacted the teacher responsible, who then removed her class from the site.


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Post 43

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

We also had some Austrian students a while back who appeared to have been given a similar brief. We were quite enthusiastic, but I don't think many of them responded to the help we were offering in Peer Review, and unless they were rescued from Flea Market, their Entries never made it into the Edited Guide.


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Post 44

Mrs Zen

Should we provide a point of contact for teachers wanting to use us as a resource, so we can work with them and help them rather than finding them all a Bit Much.


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Post 45

Rev Nick - dead man walking (mostly)

Hence a stand-alone submission site being a distinct buffer from the h2g2 as a whole.


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Post 46

Rev Nick - dead man walking (mostly)

Sorry, part of the original idea was not just the fact that many library folks are on this site, but quite a lot of educators as well. Each could promulgate the idea as best suits their levels and districts


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Post 47

lil ~ Auntie Giggles with added login ~ returned


Ben, that would be a perfect way to deal with it.

If we could have an idea of the age groups involved, we would be able to interact more appropriately with them.

lil xx


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Post 48

Mrs Zen

Well, we can control the "stand alone submission site" now Nick. Or will be able to, once the lawyers have done their stuff.

I would consider making it a separate review forum rather than a separate site, myself, have a contact for them, and processes and maybe even volunteers to suppor them. Which was where Sol came in.


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Post 49

Rev Nick - dead man walking (mostly)

I can be found, if something gets going that I can support somehow. I'll leave the rest of the thread now for other minds and ideas.

smiley - cheers


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Post 50

lil ~ Auntie Giggles with added login ~ returned


That sounds like a good plan, Ben smiley - smiley


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Post 51

Hypatia

The focus seems to be on classroom projects. I certainly wish you all well with them but have no interest in participating in anything that targets any particular age level. I have had several bad experiences trying to go that route and no good ones. With writing contests, I mean. The art teachers are great to work with and actually follow the rules we lay out. My goal at the library and elsewhere is to create events and contests open to everyone who has a genuine interest, regardless of age.

I still think that public libraries are the perfect places to promote h2g2. We have a multi-generational clientele made up of people who still read and are also likely to be interested in writing. We have resources readily available, including computer labs. And we are not bound by the restrictions found in the schools. We are still a relatively open institution in relation to freedom of expression and from censorship.

Now, since I was brought into this discussion through the back door, I'll leave by the same route.



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Post 52

Mrs Zen

Stick around and speak to Sol, Hypatia. I don't think the focus IS classroom projects. If it is, then your advice will certainly help her shift away from them if you think it's a bad idea.

My reading is that the thread got pulled away from future plans by the Nick-Bel conversation about previous contests.

Ben


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Post 53

Z

No, don't go Hypatia. smiley - grovel

Library projects are a *much* better idea that school projects at this stage, we can't do school projects right away as we need to do some infrastructure work to before working with schools. But we could do library projects right away.

Please *don't* let your previous bad experience of a the offsite thing put you off. Tell us more about library projects..?









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Post 54

Sol

No! Stay! It's not!

Especially not this particular project.

Look, there are two issues here 1) this challenge page thing which I will come back and explain more coherently (sorry, there is an announcement in the works, I seem to have misunderstood when it was going out, but hey, let's do the show right here), which is going to be site facing ie for current researchers and newbies, and will start when we have moved.

2) Is what we do long term with competitions and such aimed at people who are (initially) off site. This wouldn't start at all until we have decided that the transition period is over ie, we've moved and the site is stable, working properly and all the volunteer groups are up to speed and so on. This is because we wouldn't want to invite lots and lots of people to the site until we are able to show them a nice looking place that works and are able to deal with them.

Of course, brainstorming ideas for the long term is great even now, but because it is in the future there is certainly no coherent plan for it yet. Personally, I wouldn't want to target schools/ kids in a focused way anyway until the site's policy of under 16 users was changed and had been proved to be working for some time - because I imagine that getting mass participation of schools would be contingent on that. I doubt, then, that we'd be in a position to do a proper job of that for a good long time. Although I quite like the ideas of a special schools review zone and such, although on the other hand, i like the idea of them getting to interract with the community more. Blast, now I'm speculating.

There isn't any reason why, in the end, why we couldn't have a number of different projects on the go, aimed at different audiences (I was thinking about EFL students the other day and what they might be interested in). Well, there is, and that's manpower on our part.

And I would rather take Hyp's (your) advice about how to manage a 'general public' competition, given her (your!) experience.

Blast, I have to go - look, I've explained a bit about what we aren't doing (yet), but I will come back and be a bit clearer about what we are doing later and then be a bit more specific about what we want people to do now.

Although all expressions of interest gratefully received. Names and numbers have been taken for future brainstorming sessions.


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Post 55

Sol

Actually, what I want to know is the sorts of challenge questions/ tasks you set, Hyp, that people like to respond to? And can I shmelessly steal any ideas you have had or will have on that topic?


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Post 56

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

Thanks Sol smiley - smiley

I'd also love to have the opportunity, at some point, to pick Hypatia's brains about connections that may be developed in the future between the Foundation and libraries.

The more expertise we can tap into the better it is going to be for achieving any desired objectives.


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Post 57

aka Bel - A87832164

I am smiley - sorry that I posted a link to the project that was once started by Hyp, hoping it would add some ideas. I won't do it again. smiley - footinmouth


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Post 58

Sol

I must say I do think the idea of doing it though libraries is inspired, actually.


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Post 59

Mrs Zen

Don't be sorry Bel, it wasn't the wrong thing to do. smiley - hug

It's just one of those things.


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Post 60

Sol

Eh, Bel?

Look, please, no!

I'm not saying don't do things like that, don;t brainsotrm or say, have you though of...? It's just that there seems to be some confusion about what I am asking for/ about right now and I am just trying to clarify.

Actually, I foresee we are going to start running with the libraries thing almost immediately (especially if we can persuade Hyp to come on board) in terms of long term planning, and it probably will take that long to plan it, so feel free to suggest away. But don;t be offended if we don;t start the project next week, eh?


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