Re: Institutional memory? How shall we record decisions?

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 21:04:10 CDT

Hello Laird:

    Looks OK but busier than the current one. I think I'll stick with David's Wiki for now for trying to nail the Jell-O to the tree.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy
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  From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp)
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  Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 2:22 PM
  Subject: RE: [voting-project] Institutional memory? How shall we record decisions?

  Personally, I'm a big fan of bulletin board systems rather than (or in addition to) email lists, for a couple of reasons. The primary one is that a bulletin board is much easier for new people to join into, because it presents everything in a browsable context. The same information exists in an email archive, but it's alot more work for people to dig it out, leading to more "go read the archives" discussions.

  That being said, there's no getting around someone having to do the work of extracting the results of those discussions and generating more formal documents on various topics.

  The new site ( has a bulletin board system, as well as a "book" mechanism that makes collaborative authoring easy (it does versioning, etc.) built in, so there's no issue with implementing bulletin boards, etc., if we want 'em. I think that the result would be that information would be more easily accessible to new participants, and easier for us to maintain and publish.

  Speaking of which, I've updated the new site's look & feel a bit. Please look at it and let me know if you like it, or how you want it changed.

  - LP
    -----Original Message-----
    From: []On Behalf Of Edmund R. Kennedy
    Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 3:22 PM
    To: OVC
    Subject: [voting-project] Institutional memory? How shall we record decisions?

    Hello All:

          As I listen to much of the sound and fury of these discussions
    what bothers me is that when conclusions are made or decisions made
    that there is no simple central record of decisions. The FAQ is
    helpful but is of necessity limited. I'm not sure if the principals
    to this discussion are aware of how difficult it has become to search
    the mail archives especially for someone new to the project. It is
    alarming to me when someone says something to the effect of, "Oh yes,
    we've already decided on 17" monitors." My question becomes, "Oh
    really? When and where was this decision made and how was I supposed
    to know?" I'm not being particularly defensive, just honest. I
    suspect I'm not the only person who sometimes feels this way. I'm
    also sensitive to not wanting to reinvent the wheel or to take up
    people's time with subjects already well discussed (bar codes

          I propose a living document such as a regular email in which
    someone records the decisions, sense or consensus of the group to the
    best of their understanding and that would be added to each time a
    decision is made. Such document obviously would need to be subject
    to frequent review and revisions as part of the ongoing debate. As a
    starter, Someone will have to dive into the archives and try to sum
    up the data into this ongoing record. Also, this would tend to
    provide better guidance to whomever is contracted to provide the Mark
    1, EVM. I am aware that a 'scribe' or organizational/corporate
    secretary has quite a power to shape the final product and the
    ongoing debate. Do we have a serving secretary of the board he might
    be inclined to take up this task?

    Thanks, Ed Kennedy

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