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Moblog First Conference Call Agenda Thursday 20th August 20:00 GMT

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This is one of the first images I ever posted to Moblog and i thought it was fitting to repost as the announcement of the Moblog First Conference Call Agenda.

Although anyone can join the call, we at Moblog towers, will be operating on the assumption that by joining the call, you are expressing an interest to join a new site admin team (with all the responsability that go with it). You are in no way obliged to join the Site Admin team by being on the call but hopefully this call will help you decide if being a Site Admin is worth giving your time up for.

Try not to be daunted by all the items the agenda. Instead, choose the sections that most interest you, and let me know in the comments. Add anything you think needs to be included in your response.

The aim of the meeting is really to define follow up actions to things that get unresolved. Rather than try to resolve everything blow by blow, we simply want to scoot thru the first section, spend a bit of time on the second and thrash out ideas on the 3rd.

For the sake of time, where we have no definitive answers, we'll just table it to be resolved later.

I hate to be so businessy about this, but if you are new to conference calls you'll see how order needs to be maintained otherwise no one gets heard. And i've never managed a conference call this big before!

If you are joining the call try not to arrive expecting solid answers and solutions - try to keep an open mind and bring your best ideas to the table. We're going to be completely open with you about what can and cant be achieved and why. The main thing is to open the communication lines, meet each other, delegate some responsabilities and 'powers' and put a co-ordinated action plan in place. It is also a routine stated goal of all Moblog Towers conference calls to have fun.

Thanks again for all the support. Big up yourselves.
19th Aug 2009, 17:13  

jc1000000 says:

Moblog First Conference Call Agenda

First Meeting

1. 1 Define the Goals of the Call – 5 mins
• Prioiritising development tasks as an objective of these calls
• Managing site development roadmap with site users & moderators
• Inspire and empower a Team Spirit that is committed to tackling the site challenges we face on a permanent ongoing basis

1.2 Management update – 5 mins
• Quick report of where we're at

1.3 Development update – 5 mins
• Status of current development team
• Developers we're currently talking to
• Any more developers we can talk to?
• Developer skills we need – put out a wanted poster?
 Python
 Django
 MySQL
 HTML/CSS
 Javascript/jQuery
 Linux/Unix
 Subversion
 Image/video processing (nice to have

2.1 Moderator update– 15 mins
• Join the site admin team
 List of current moderators
 Recruiting new moderators
 Increasing access to site moderators
 Bringing new languages into the moderation team
• Moderator / Moblog Towers communication loop
 Specific Site Admin roles
• Moderator role definition
 Highlights policy, Welcome messages, default friends, mods moblog updates, community moblog updates, moblog helpdesk

2.2 Moderator Moblogs– 15 mins
'Meet the Mods' moblog
• Interview 52 for site moderators
• Enable contact with moblog power users
• First friend, first group to join
• Moblog Helpdesk
 Downloadable HELP! test image
• Community News Moblog
 Announcing competitions, opportunities, call for discussion


New client opportunities - confidential at this time, but essentially looking for feedback on how an whether we should run them.

Development priority discussion – How do we fix Subscriber Accounts? – 30 mins
• Improve product pages
• Payment methods – Daopay? Post? Annual? Non-paypal?
• Day to day subscriber management – what is the best & cheapest way to run this?
• Can we run advertising on all moblogs inc subscribers to increase Ad revenue?
• Improve subscriber feature set
• How can we improve user profile pages & privacy controls?

Community priority discussion – Moblog's 6th Birthday party? November – 10 mins
• What could we do?
• How can we connect all our users globally? Throw a global party?
• Moblog Awards & Book launch?

Informal discussion – Creative collaborative agency? – 10 mins
• Could the moblog community operate featured moblogs as product that can be sold to advertisers?
• We see our community as being most useful for charities – can we make more of the site? What could we do to promote charities via featured moblogs?

Informal discussion – Moblog work experience? - 10 mins
• Do you have friends or family that are looking for work and just need to get some experience under their belts? What would we have to provide to make you feel comfortable with recommending us?

19th Aug 2009, 17:14

Twiglet says:

Good Luck JC and all!

19th Aug 2009, 17:20

Viv says:

some agenda!

19th Aug 2009, 17:29

jc1000000 says:

Thanks twiglet! Fingahs crossed there is no shambolicness :)

19th Aug 2009, 17:29

540air says:

Definitely going to be fun, I'll make sure we have beers at the ready :)

19th Aug 2009, 17:30

beth says:

ok. I'll take minutes if you like.

19th Aug 2009, 17:33

Alfie says:

Dont worry mate, it needn't be too daunting. I may be the defacto conference call fascist but this is a different animal, you'll have no issues leading the call (and you fricking rock btw). I suggest three main things:

1) Define key voices before the call, no more than 7.

2) Everyone aside from these 7 on the call should set their mic's to mute during the call. This is as much about allowing as many as 50 people on the call as it is about keeping things manageable.

3) A volunteer from one of the key 8 voices should monitor the chat area to bring new voices into the conversation.

4) although 2 and 3 might sound like silencing voices, they are actually the only things that will let things cohere on the call, but no-one should feel that if they have something critical that isn't being addressed they shouldn't un-mute their mic and speak up.

I think if we manage those things then everyone will have a voice and things will be a bit more manageable and lead to action points rather than confusion.

- oh and Beth - Minutes are needed, cheers for volunteering (It's normally me ;) )

19th Aug 2009, 17:41

I did offer to take the minutes in a message to JC a couple of days ago, but happy to let Beth do it.

19th Aug 2009, 17:46

Alfie says:

@SLG - not one I anticipate anyone arguing over: "Me please sir!" I hate taking notes, mostly because they require being organised into some semblance of order afterwards :)

19th Aug 2009, 17:49

like I say happy to let Beth :-)

19th Aug 2009, 17:51

nige says:

Two minute takers!

Seriously though, this is great man. Alfie's right about reigning in the number of speakers I think. I thought it was tough enough with 5, let alone more.

19th Aug 2009, 17:52

540air says:

nige it was only tough with 5 because the other 3 were ladies, we had no chance!!!! ;D

19th Aug 2009, 17:53

jc1000000 says:

Cheers Alf - good advice! I think we got 10 ppl for this call and more have put down availability for the future.

SLG & Beth - thanks very much for the offer. Will take you both up on it! I;m useless at noteworthy minutes and have a terrible memory so Two note takers could be really useful... or 1 and a backup, as it were. Again, play to your strengths and/or follow your bliss :)

19th Aug 2009, 17:56

Alfie says:

I had no idea we had a misogynist on the call, what are we, Mad Men? ;)

19th Aug 2009, 17:56

I'll be the back up!

19th Aug 2009, 17:57

jc1000000 says:

Get the whiskey out! On the rocks, no water.

19th Aug 2009, 17:58

you should try being married to him Alfie.....................................................may be not ;P

19th Aug 2009, 17:58

beth says:

Oki doke. I'll polish my digits in prep.

19th Aug 2009, 18:00

are Polish digits better then ?

19th Aug 2009, 18:01

beth says:

oh yeh. all the rage. much more efficient. I'd quite like to add something to the agenda regarding moblog for education as I really think there could be opportunities there.

19th Aug 2009, 18:10

540air says:

Be interested to hear about that beth,

19th Aug 2009, 22:44

Euphro says:

I'm really sorry that I won't be able to make it for 8 o'clock tomorrow. If you need extra languages for the moderating team I speak enough Spanish to be useful. Please put me on the list for future calls. Good luck tomorrow!

19th Aug 2009, 23:26

swamprose says:

will be delighted to sit back and listen in. that's some agenda...

19th Aug 2009, 23:33

nomadlife says:

JC, this is terrific! Am sure it will be a productive meeting. Alfie, great suggestions - one more I would add is to try to agree on limit for the call. Generally 1.5 hours and things start to be better off tabled for future meetings. So, starting with most important items to make sure one gets through them and leaving others for possible second call. Hope to be able to join the call for the first half hour - look forward!

20th Aug 2009, 01:42

jc1000000 says:

Great swamprose, glad you are on the call!

No worries Mandy & Euphro - see you if we see you. There will surely be many more.

Beth, education was meant to be on the list actually. Will roll into charity discussion.

20th Aug 2009, 11:08

gejroberts (gejroberts-at-blueyonder-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

I'd like the option to listen in if that's possible? Can someone email me how. I have skype. Thanks

20th Aug 2009, 12:07

JokerXL says:

Have fun guys, no squabbling!

20th Aug 2009, 14:04

Spike says:

I think I may pop in to listen in, anything on SMS side of things im more than happy to advise, alfie as you know i work directly with alot of the Aggregators

20th Aug 2009, 16:26