So, as was promised, this post is going to provide some insight into the Inner Council that Andrew and I mentioned in the "initial announcement":http://forums.obsidianportal.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=4019&page=1 about the changes to the team. As we get some more items in place these members will be able to actively Beta Test features for the site before they go live to help ensure we have less potential issues with new releases moving forward. As it stands, here is what we are thinking.
*Inner Council Members*
We are looking to bring on board a small group of initially 3 volunteers from the community to help facilitate the desired direction OP needs to get moving in. Additionally, we needed to have someone available who is active in the community and engaged with our members (basically, being the awesome and helpful folks everyone nominated for this has been in the past). So, at the very core of all this we have:
We have a significant backlog of items on the support site/forums that need to be reviewed, curated, and then addressed. With that in mind, our Community Ambassador would be granted some additional permissions around the site to be able to better fulfill these types of tasks. In essence, this entails engaging with the community on a regular basis and help to keep information flowing efficiently and quickly.
All in all, this is essentially a support role to help ensure timely responses to items that come in fresh and to address the backlog of items already present. Much of this will still be getting directly addressed by me, but it can’t hurt to have a few more eyes watching out for things.
"Belrathius":https://www.obsidianportal.com/profile/Belrathius has accepted our invitation for this role.
"bluesguy":https://www.obsidianportal.com/profile/bluesguy has accepted our invitation for this role.
_Curator of Knowledge:_
The next spot we have on the Inner Council at this time is the Curator of Knowledge. Over the years of OP being around, a trove of useful bits of information have been tossed up from many members of the community. The problem here is that many of these items are posted on to the forums, and over time and more new discussions they get themselves buried and lost to the ether. We are now looking into building a resource archive to be able to better handle this kind of information. This will require gathering details, reaching out to folks who created the content to ensure their approval of it being added to such a resource, and helping to build that resource up.
"Wolfhound":https://www.obsidianportal.com/profile/wolfhound has accepted our invitation for this role.
_Keeper of the Sheets:_
Next, we have the Dynamic Sheet Templates (DSTs). Historically the creation and management of these has been something handled directly by the members, and we have no actual intention of changing this process. For the time being we are foreseeing the need for a member to be able to handle this process. This essentially entails the review and approval of new DSTs, and if we can work it our the creation of new DSTs for systems that may be lacking them. A degree of technical knowledge is needed for this role.
"ChainsawXIV":https://www.obsidianportal.com/profile/ChainsawXIV has accepted our invitation for this role.
And there you have it. I will be in direct contact with these individuals on a regular basis to keep the chain of communication flowing and to ensure if any issues crop up that they are brought to my attention in a timely manner. The council members were chosen based on their contribution to OP and their standing within the community. We’ll be initiating a series of updates and features based on their feedback, so we’ll announce these in due course.
That is all for now, keep on gaming!