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Re: [school-discuss] convincing school ITs to try Linux
I agree, how it would work out eventually is something to consider.
Micro payments towards projects, sponsoring sections of the website or
individual project listings, perhaps putting some money into a pool that
could be used to sponsor well-known bloggers that would bring more
traffic and visibility to the site. I agree that anyone should be able
to present a listing, and opportunities mentioned above could allow
these organizations to differentiate themselves and stand out while
offering something to SchoolForge that would benefit the community overall.
Great! I think a listing like this would offer a value to SchoolForge
members. As for the details:
I think these are important, especially the projects themselves. We
would not have all of this great software without the project people
providing it. (In most cases, without making a dime) If a support
network could somehow be leveraged to help the projects with a micro
payment scheme, or something along those lines eventually, I think it
would be a boon for education based developers. Schoolforge has a lot
of combined knowledge, we should look to ways it can be used to its
That's about what I thought - but just in case anyone has had
experiences with this, it's good to put out there.
* Down the road, if SchoolForge becomes a non-profit organization,
could this present any complications?
I'm not sure how. The legal aspects of running a non-profit would have
to be worked out with a lawyer, but there is no law that says people
cannot make a living working for a non-profit.
* When the time comes that someone else is leading and working with
SchoolForge, could this present any complications?
Leadership changes are always tough, but if the site is pulling it's
own weight I don't see anyone fiddling with the foundation. The key
with anything is establish a stable footing then build up. A new
leader might expand the offerings, but no successful leader would
consider undermining a working system on purpose.
I have some ideas on how it could be implemented in Drupal and as an
interface. It sounds like something that could be started once the
Educational Software section is completed and the various input forms
are all cleaned up and functional - so there is time to think about how
this could be made as effective as possible.
* Who's who? What should be the threshold for presenting a support
organization? Maybe an endorsement by either a school or a FLOSS
I think community reports are just great. An open referral service, if
you will. I think anyone should be allowed to post their
qualifications, but the more your services have been used and referred
by X clients, the higher your rating will go on the site. Add
endorsements from those who come to the group with specific questions,
and you have a fairly robust way of promoting knowledgeable service
providers that is self-policing. I'm not sure what tech could be used.
The digg.com system works ok, or something like the Ebay seller
ratings would work just fine.