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From 4th - 6th October 2013 a BeWelcome Unconference will take place in Florence, Italy. This is a great opportunity for BeWelcome volunteers to get together and to work on improvements for BeWelcome and for not-yet-volunteers to get more involved!
We'll start with some sightseeing on 4th October and are planning to get some work done on the 5th and 6th.
Sign up for the event here: http://www.bewelcome.org/activities/423
Topics for the unconference are collected here: http://piratepad.net/ENgwrlMsB7
What is an unconference? Wikipedia knows it all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference
Looking forward to seeing you in Florence!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting about BeWelcome's decision making process! The result is that BeWelcome has, as of today, a new decision making process: https://www.bewelcome.org/wiki/Decision_Making_Process_for_Bewelcome (detailed results below).
To put this process into practice, our development volunteers will now work on implementing the required tools with priority.
At the same time we need to build a "Suggestions Team". If you would like to volunteer for that team, please apply through the contact form.
We are especially happy about the high number of votes among the BeWelcome members! Before the voting started, only 28 people had participated in the discussion about this topic in the BeWelcome forum. The voting shows that far more people were interested in this issue and in being involved in the decision.
Thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible.
the dev team just released a new version of Rox the software that drives bewelcome.
The most notable addition this time is the top menu entry for 'Safety' which links to the pages dedicated to information from the Safety Team.
At the same time a widely discussed feature was hidden till it can be properly implemented: Verification.
Additionally a lot of small fixes where done support our volunteers in their work (like adding informative texts to some pages that generate a lot of tickets or improve the used tools).
As always find the full monty in the changelog over in the bug tracker which also contains a list of all people that supported this release.
Thanks to everyone's help,
BeWelcome aspires to be a democratic hospitality network which means that decisions about the course of the community should be taken by its members.
During the first years of BeWelcome's existence decision making was very simple: Only a few members gave any input and decisions were taken without any formalized procedures. As more and more members joined the debates and gave their input, the need for a formalized decision making process became apparent and a process was defined in 2012: Decision Making Process for BeWelcome
After using this process for some months, members of the community discussed and analyzed its strengths and shortcomings and came up with an alternative proposal: Proposal for a new Decision Making Process
This is what we ask you to vote about today.
Please take a few minutes to read the descriptions of both the current decision making process and the alternative proposal. Taking time to inform yourself about this crucial topic should take less than 20 minutes after which you are warmly invited to vote about how decisions should be taken in your hospitality community from now on.
You can cast your vote here: http://www.bewelcome.org/suggestions/vote. The ballot is open until 17th July 2013 08:00 UTC.
You may still join or continue the discussion about the decision making process while the ballot is open: http://www.bewelcome.org/forums/s5514
Please note that while the vote takes place on BeWelcome, the same vote will be held among the active members of BeVolunteer (the association that runs BeWelcome) and another one among the Board of Directors of BeVolunteer. The decision will only be valid if all three votes (BeWelcome members, BeVolunteer members, and Board of Directors) have the same outcome.
Thank you for your participation!
For the BeWelcome community,
Frank van den Block (thorgal67) on behalf of the Board of Directors
It has been a while since the last update but here we go again.
- After the release of the landing page for groups and forum posts the discussion went on lively here. As a result the groups menu item is back now and the landing page can be used to browse through all discussions from one point.
If you're following the discussions you will have seen the thread about 'Decision Making Process and Suggestion System for BeWelcome'. A new tool was introduced to allow to vote on this topic (called suggestions for now)
- The explore menu was renamed to community to reflect that all features therein are about the BW community.
There were some smaller fixes as will. If you're interested in the gory details have a look at the changelog where you can find a list of contributors as well.
Thanks to everyone who supported this endeavor,