Unofficial discussion of how Are.na might take on a cooperative ownership structure. Including:
• Legal status
• Share apportionment / user buyout
• Governance model
• Development and infrastructure costs
• Data ownership and privacy
• Community standards / moderation
This channel is in no way endorsed by the Are.na team at this time.
Research materials welcome.
How do you title your channels? I want to utilize the preexisting ASCII sorting of the index to my advantage so I can quickly sort things while at the same time have my public channels be titled in such a way as to be useful to other people.
Can we establish a kind of style guide for people interested? Is there a way to do this without stepping on fluidity?
I'd love to see a cooperatively administered data structure specification for Are.na. Like a mini W3C that governs an open source metadata standard. This process would assure users that their data remain portable and give developers (+librarians?) greater confidence they're targeting a stable format.
One of the ways I'm trying to get "better" at using Are.na is being more conscientious about titling and/or adding descriptions to my blocks and channels. It's easy to not do this because I've become used to privileging speed over long-term use (i.e. it's easy to add things, but harder/more time-consuming to label them, particularly if it means having to actually research the content). Also, I might have a pretty good idea of where I've put everything, but no one else will. This, to me, is key to making Are.na a more communal project than an individualistic one. Labeling helps make what you've added more useful to others (and yourself in the long term!). By creating a culture around "tending to" / "taking care" of the things we add, Are.na becomes more useful for everyone, like a community garden :^). I should note that I would not want Are.na to go the direction of Pinterest where users are required to add titles/descriptions because forcing it down your throat doesn't actually engender care (this is a key distinction for me). I imagine it might be possible to encourage this behavior more through UI/UX, but I think the desire and behavior should ultimately come from the users themselves.
I have a feeling there will be many excellent submissions for initial Are.na grants.
A supplemental grant, cooperatively funded and managed, might be an interesting avenue for testing models of community self-organization and governance.