Research:Committee/Preferred meeting method
Update 9/8/2010 -- as per the result below, let's settle for Skype as the primary synchronous communication method. For folks who have connectivity issues, we can use SkypeOut to connect with a landline or mobile phone.--Eloquence 00:15, 9 September 2010 (UTC)
Please vote for all options that are acceptable to you, and identify your preferred option.
- open standard, many open source clients
- low-bandwidth, reliable
- self-documenting as searchable transcript
- can easily post URLs, set up bots, etc.
- practically unlimited number of participants
- less natural flow of communication than voice
- obscure syntax/steep learning curve for new users
- Eloquence 17:28, 27 August 2010 (UTC) (Preferred option)
- DarTar 17:42, 27 August 2010 (UTC) (Preferred option)
- --Yaroslav Blanter 18:19, 27 August 2010 (UTC) (normally do not use)
- Ziko 19:59, 27 August 2010 (UTC) Not a fan of it, but it does the job
- Millosh 00:05, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
- Lilaroja 17:35, 29 August 2010
- voice and video communication
- familiar and widely used
- files can easily be shared among all participants
- conversations are encrypted
- requires participants to use proprietary software (works on Win/Mac/Linux)
- higher complexity may result in technical challenges, especially with a large number of callers
- I don't think voice/video is an option for more then 3-4 participants anyway -DarTar 17:47, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
- Are there practical limits to participation (e.g. number of conference participants)?
- Does Skype have built-in recording capabilities?
- Eloquence 17:28, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
- DarTar 17:47, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
- --Yaroslav Blanter 18:19, 27 August 2010 (UTC) (preferred option)
- Ziko 19:59, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
- EpochFail 21:23, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
- Millosh 00:06, 28 August 2010 (UTC) (if not voice)
- WereSpielChequers 07:35, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
- Lilaroja 17:35, 29 August 2010
Explanation: Wikimedia has a WebEx account that can be used for hosting conferences. Limit is 20 participants.
- Free call-in numbers in many countries
- Supports screen sharing and whiteboarding
- Requires only a phone for basic participation
- requires participants to use proprietary software to get screen sharing access (works on Win/Mac/Linux)
- Can people call in via Skype? (There may be issues with DTMF access codes.)
[JohnRiedl] I prefer the solutions that let us talk to each other. I think it's a more natural way to communicate, allows for greater nuance in expression, and makes it easier to come to consensus. I'm fine with either of the proposed voice solutions. I use Skype often, and it works great in small groups. I haven't ever used it in a large group.
- I'm open to the idea of realtime communication, but I'm not convinced that it is as efficient or as easy to document as a wiki. I'm also conscious that realtime discussions amongst several people around the planet are a nightmare to schedule and usually involve one or more people taking part at what is to them a bizarre time of the day or night, and one or more others dropping out at the last moment. So great as an icebreaker to get a team to touchbase once in a while, but not a good way to get things done or to make sure everyone is included. WereSpielChequers 16:55, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
- I think it can only be good for brainstorming. For everything else wiki and the mailing list suffice--Yaroslav Blanter 17:40, 31 August 2010 (UTC)