How are we doing?
Date: August 17, 2011
It has been over a year since ChoralNet Communities were introduced. It is time for an assessment and to make some decisions.
Communities were envisioned as a tool (best term I can come up with) that would combine the information storage and display capability of websites with the communications possibilities of online forums, blogs, and messaging. The idea was that like-minded groups of choral people (i.e., "communities") could easily communicate online without having to create their own systems.
I would appreciate hearing from you. It is my gut feeling that communities are not being used, not being used to their fullest capabilities, and furthermore, need more refinements and power before the original vision can be achieved. My hope is that ACDA websites and such would begin slowly converting over to using communities. I do not see that happening. Perhaps I am too impatient. But there may be other factors.
Many people are already wedded to things like Facebook, but it has been my contention that those big sites will never be responsive to the choral world and our specific needs and, furthermore, due to their very size, are prone to hackers, lurkers, and the more seedy side of the Internet. ChoralNet, on the other hand, can be a safer, more professional, and more responsive entity. WE (the choral community) own ChoralNet and can get what we want if we ask for it. But rather than throw resources at a bad idea, we need to gather data and reflect.
So, the complaint/suggestion department is open. Let's hear about problems, struggles, wishes, etc.
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