This week we will be looking for Trail Blazers to help us determine some of the questions so that we can look to the larger group for answers. Our first order of business is to organize a Steering Committee. This should be a group with some experience and knowledge in “herding butterflies” as Lori Tian Sailiata, our instigator and current administrator, lovingly refers to her attempts to get us sorted out.
At the moment, we have 1 admin (per WordPress recommendation), 8 editors and 8 authors. We are trying to add more users as we get email and user ID information. We should have many more authors than this. The role of author will be the backbone of our organization. Add your user information to the document on the MNINB Facebook page and we’ll get you set up.
For those not familiar with the user role terminology. Here’s what it all means:
Administrator – has full access to all features: posts/pages, comments, settings, theme choice, import, users, plugins, etc. – the whole Dashboard menu is open to them. The admin is the only one who can alter the site’s overall look and feel.
Editor – can view, edit, publish, and delete everyone’s posts/pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage tags, manage links and upload files/images. They cannot alter the basic structure of the site.
Author – An author can edit, publish and delete only their own posts, as well as upload files/images. Unless they are a member of the Steering Committee, their only responsibility will be supplying content.
These roles are the ones we are concerned with at the moment. There are two others that we may add later on, Contributor and Follower, but first we need to get ourselves organized.
So, we are looking for volunteers or nominations to form a Steering Committee, kind of like an Executive Board of Directors. If you are a Not Bobber and are willing to be involved in setting policy and deciding on our basic structure, leave a comment below. The steering committee won’t necessarily need editor access. They can come from any user role. Their job is to advise and help us make decisions on the best way to set things up.
If you don’t have the time or the inclination yourself, but you know someone who’s got talent and experience, use your comment to nominate them. Of course, they will have the right to refuse, but it’s always nice to be nominated.
Just remember that we are currently restricting committee membership to those who were involved in Robert Brewer’s April Platform Building Challenge. With enough cooperation and solid planning we can build a solid platform here to showcase our work in a central location.