[games_access] Improved Communication Applications

Ian Hamilton i_h at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 19 09:26:23 EDT 2015


Yep I can't take on any regular commitments unfortunately, but I'm always more than happy to help anyone else out ad-hoc and do things on a one-off project basis.
Even if someone was to volunteer to just keep an eye on twitter and do occasional website updates I think that would make quite a difference, I assume the forums at least could be dispensed with?

From: thomas at westin.nu
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:42:50 +0100
To: games_access at igda.org
Subject: Re: [games_access] Improved Communication Applications

Hi Andreas,
Thanks for asking your wife for testing Trello with JAWS.
I like the idea of editor-in-chief and yes, Ian is great, but it is of course up to him to decide; he already does a lot for the SIG
Social media; yes, I’m all for it as long as someone are able to volunteer for maintaining it.
Regarding keeping track: I have made an action plan in a simple Google sheet. I have tried to make them as concrete as possible and have asked a few people to give feedback on it before going public but that is at least a minimum level. Hopefully I can publish it to all of you for feedback next week, just want to make it clear enough with a smaller group first. Then, if we find Trello to be a better option (and accessible) we might transfer the actions to that.
Best regardsThomas

17Mar 2015 kl. 14:22 skrev Andreas Lopez <andreas.lopez93 at gmail.com>:Hi Thomas,
you are of course right that we should keep it as simple as possible, as for trello's accessibility, I will ask my wife who uses JAWS for her computer to give it a test run. 
As for the updating of websites, it would be good to have one administrator and then simply decide together or have a group of volunteers of us who decide together what will be added, on the language, etc. It is obvious that all of us together at the same time can't decide on what should be how written. So the best would be to have an Editor-in-chief who does the general writing, whereas 2-4 people decide on WHAT should be added. 
We would obviously also have someone in that group who is on top of new things coming out. My personal recommendation would be Ian, who seems to be always on the newest things. Basically that person would just tell the Editor "Hey this thing over here is new, please post something about it on the website." or "The IGDA had activity over here, ask X, Y and Z about what had been going on so we can post the event on our website." and so on.
Obviously this can be also done collaborative, but it would be simply more effective when a small group does it together. For social media, I suggest 1 or 2 individuals to take care of all channels, there is a reason why companies usually hire a community manager, while we are a non-profit I think having someone just cover 1 hour a day would be more than enough. Posting updates from websites, perhaps some results of our discussions here and interact with different individuals who post and comment on those channels.
Regards the question if to use Trello or not: While I understand that nobody really wants an additional account on another service, I still see it as a way how to keep track of our achievements and what we still want to reach. That said: Do we have any place at the moment where we have an exact list and rough plan how we want to achieve certain goals? And I mean specific goals not just our mission. I.E. 'Awareness & Education' would be a mission,  but 'Having 1000 visitors on our website' would be a goal that is built on the mission.Sincerely,

Andreas Lopez
Game DesignerSpace Dwarves Entertainment, Inc.http://spacedwarves.com/
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