[Imc-oxford-tech] Decision needed?
penguin at riseup.net
Sun May 1 06:54:38 PDT 2011
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Also sending to the main Oxford list, since a statement about our
intentions goes beyond being only a tech issue.
On 01/05/11 10:25, Mr. Demeanour wrote:
> 1. The Mir instance on Traven has been archived, and a splash-page has
> been put up. Open publishing on Traven is still enabled; they
> intended to turn it off, but held back specifically to avoid burning
> the Oxford newswire. They are giving us a week to find a new home.
> Um, I wasn't aware that this was the plan, but others don't seem
> surprised. I thought they'd find a way to allow publishing only for
> Oxford, but it seems not.
Oh. I didn't realise this either. Not sure what to do - not the most
helpful answer, but I don't know what else to say.
Presumably this also applies to other collectives using Mir (e.g.
Sheffield, South Coast) - what are they doing.
> 2. The DNS for indymedia.org.uk has been changed to point at the Mayday
> host in Iceland, which is running a full clone of the Traven Mir
> instance, complete with regional sites. As far as I can see the
> Oxford site is working.
Oxford looks fine to me as well.
> 3. Mir stores admin passwords in plain; therefore all admin accounts
> on the new server have been disabled, except for those who have been
> in IRC and have been able to log in and change their admin password.
> I've changed mine, and can log in. I can re-enable your account as
> soon as you're ready to change your password - I guess one way to
> organise that would be for you to phone me when you're ready, and if
> I'm convinced you're you, I'll do it.
Cheers - I'll call
> 4. BeTheMedia are apparently awaiting a statement from Oxford
> concerning our plans. I'd say that events have overtaken this, but
> it would nevertheless be civil to give them a statement ASAP.
> So can we agree a statement on mailing lists, or do we have to wait till
> the face meeting? My sense is that there is no practical urgency, but to
> delay needlessly would be impolite. If we want to wait for the face
> meeting, then I'm proposing this discussion for the agenda.
Not sure if I can be at the meeting - if I can, I will be late.
My personal view is that Mayday and Be the Media are both good projects,
and I would be keen that Oxford IMC maintains the neutral stance it has
adopted to date.
Are we clear enough about our plans to make a comprehensive statement?
My sense is that we're not. If others agree, I think we could go with a
fairly bland opening statement - here's my starter for 10 ...
The collective that runs Oxford Indymedia is committed to maintaining a
site that allows open publishing of radical grassroots news. We are
considering all options, including becoming and independent Indymedia
collective. We are also quite a small collective, and we definitely
welcome new members. If you are interested in joining the Oxford
collective, please contact us on imc-oxford at lists.indymedia.org.
> 5. I noticed a glitch on the Oxford site:
> That article is hidden, but (a) appears on the Oxford wire, and (b)
> it isn't styled as a hidden article. The same article receives
> proper hidden styling if viewed through the UK URL:
> I presume we have a screwy Oxford stylesheet - perhaps customised
> but not checked-in, or sommat like that.
a) I suspect this was just the time-lag between hiding an article and it
not showing on the newswire. It's not on teh wire now.
b) AKAIK there has never been a separate style for hiddens - although I
think one would be a good idea (e.g. gray background).
> If anyone wants a more detailed explanation of what's been happening,
> you can phone me or email me, and I'll do my best. I'm also up for a
> swift beer, if anyone wants to meet for a yak.
You around this evening or Monday evening for a beer?
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