Adding Groups to NYCGA.net

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In order to have a new group added to nycga.net, please fill out the New Group Creation form. Submissions will be processed within 48 hours.

On November 30, the Technology Operations group posted a notice on NYGCA.net that officially announced a freeze on group creation that had been partially in-place since early November. This resulted in some emergent groups being left without the online tools and exposure of NYCGA.net.

We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary interruption in group registration has caused.

 


 

Since the Nov 15 raid on Liberty Plaza, NYGCA.net has become an increasingly imporant reference for those in the movement about our organization and structure and we recognize that the site is, for many, the definitive source for information about the state of Occupy Wall Street in New York City’s democratic outcomes and decision-making. We are thrilled the site is so useful to everyone and we are working hard to improve access to the site for all involved in the movement so it can continue to be as useful a platform as possible.

On November 30, the Technology Operations group posted a notice on NYGCA.net that outlines broad concerns around group formation and identification. Additionally, it officially announced a freeze on group creation that had been partially in-place since early November. The net result has seen some efforts from emergent groups hindered without the online tools and exposure of NYCGA.net. We greatly regret this outcome and do apologize.

Meanwhile, we in Tech Ops want to make extra sure that our policies on the website accurately reflect the policies (or lack thereof) in the movement itself, as dictated by the GA and the Spokes Council. We are not, and do not want to be, gatekeepers as to which groups exist and which groups do not; we simply want to live up to our charter [http://www.nycga.net/groups/tech/docs/internet-working-group-charter-draft] to support the structure of the movement without altering it. In order to do this, we came to consensus as a group that we needed to pause, step back, and try to get more clarity on the structure and policies as they currently exist.

We are paying attention to proposed solutions to broader concerns that are actively being worked on by an informal “Communications Cluster” comprised of members of Tech Ops, Media, Volunteer Services, Outreach, PR, and Info/ComHub (meeting Mondays and Thursdays 2-4pm @ 60 Wall St), i.e. an in-progress NYCGA.net groups policy and groups definition.

Structure/Facilitation, Finance, and the Spokes Council itself also have a real stake in the transparency, shape, and representative qualities of groups of all kinds within the movement. Tech Ops will continue actively assist with their efforts to the best of its ability.

In order to have a new group added to nycga.net, please fill out the New Group Creation form. Submissions will be processed within 48 hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary interruption in group registration has caused.

Sincerely,

The Technology Operations Group

3 Responses to “Adding Groups to NYCGA.net”

  1. Voter March

    With 135 Groups, it has become unwieldly and cumbersome to navigate through the Groups section. A simple solution would be to consolidate smaller groups as Subgroups of larger Working Groups. Some examples would be:

    Tools as a subgroup of Direct Action
    Jail Support as a subgroup of Legal
    Strong Women Rules as a subgroup of Women Occupying Wall Street
    Interdendence as a subgroup of Movement Building