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April 12, 2019 at 9:17 pm #2878
Brutus Sen Sal.
As part of the development of reforms taking place. there is a discussion about the creation of (I) Academia Minervalis course on local community development and (II) a resource package for those interested in developing local groups.
I would be interested in hearing your ideas around these topics?
What would such a course cover? What would be helpful as part of a resource package?April 21, 2019 at 8:28 am #13068
Salve et salvete,
Brutus, amice, we deliberately did not write anything about it in order to follow the reaction. And the reaction was what we expected. Apparently, the excitement of the past weeks has subsided, and the overall activity has returned to its previous level. Everything was expected.
The topic of the technical component for our community is not as acute as the topic of changing the fundamentals and principles of the functioning of our Republic, the treacherous disbanding of communities unilaterally. Perhaps this is all you need to know about our opinion regarding "resource package for those interested in developing local groups". (=
Nevertheless, out of the benevolence inherent in us and wanting to somehow dilute the general apathy, we at least draw attention to several important points:
1) If you want to develop the general functionality and the Academy, then you really should do it, and not just recite it, then you need to recognize that the audience interested in Roman history consists not only of English-speaking people. Accordingly, instead of working like any other community in an English-speaking field, and often with the same groups of people, you need to look for approaches to communities that are not native speakers, offering them their unique content in their language. Therefore, it seems appropriate to consider the "language" issue. It is necessary to translate texts, basic regulations, decrees, manuals, guides into other languages. Including all the content of the Academy. The first such language is Russian (in our opinion). In 2018, we wanted to invest in money transfer, but you Brutus did not leave access to the funds, so we could only talk about it, but there was no means to make it happen. (Although we do independent translations of individual documents all the time, this is a drop in the ocean, but here we need a systematic and integrated approach).
2) It is necessary to transfer the forum to a more modern engine. The current forum engine is primitive and old, it simply does not include a part of primitive text formatting functions. Since you are fighting for online activity, and the forum is its focus, the need to transfer the forum to a new engine is more than obvious. In addition, the functions of modern forums will be useful if you are going to attract non-citizens to participate in the forum. Personally, I would consider the phpbb engine.
3) Personally, I would advise finally correcting problems with two citizens of Sarmatia before proposing something in technical terms … a significant part of Sarmats was disappointed in you and the project, only because a serious problem was not solved with your arrival.
These are our proposals for global issues that we think are worth paying attention to. Given the evolving practice, we better see what will happen with these proposals before wasting your time and offer some other ideas.
Vale et valete,
T. Fl. Severus
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