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Implementing Positive Change for a Better CS
After reading all the posts for members wanting to implement change in CS, I believe the idea once brainstormed, should be made into a proposal, and then into a subgroup like this one http://www.couchsurfing.com/organization.html?gid=5110 that came up with the couchsearch sorting algorithm or this one http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=6051 that is working on couchsearch modification. It really only takes people that can work together on making something positive happen.
A proposal should state the problem exactly as you see it and provide possible solutions with a recommendation for which solution is best. Then it should be sent to the leadership team here http://www.couchsurfing.com/policy_faq.html
This is the policy faq page where every reasonable question will be answered and every proposal for positive change will be considered and given a thumbs up or down as to whether it is feasible to be implemented in a reasonable amount of time.
Once given a thumbs up, you can start a small group with other members (it would be smart to invite at least one tech team member) that you will be able to brainstorm with, vote by the use of polls and come up with your best solution.
A good set of guidelines to follow with the group you make is here http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=5533&guidelines=1
Your ideas will then be given to the tech team to implement the change. Positive moves for constructive and positive change. Working together to make CS a happier place one change at a time! :)
something better for feature requests..
You submit your feature idea, it can be discussed within the thread, promoted, voted on by anyone interested.
And its easy to see the arguments for and against. and which feature requests are most popular.
I think it uses sourceforge, but no reason something like this cant be implemented.
there is a drupal module which offers the same:
1 new user posts his idea into brainstorming group.
2 people discuss/flesh out the idea or point user to existing feature request
3 if its a new idea, then user can put in feature request and promote discussion/voting...
Tool collection :)
I recently made a little tool to view group-members by join date and then the couch-finder netsharc wrote came to my mind, so I thought probably there are more external tools for cs out there already?
I set up this page: http://dev.kno.at/cstools/ and put in the two tools mentioned above. If any of you know, or do have, more just let me know and I'd be glad to add them to the link collection :)
Also this may be a nice guideline for feature-importance - tools people write themselves and take the pain of figuring out all the infos from the outside are probably the ones to start with when doing improvements on the page.
I also tried to do the "2nd degree friends"-thing Marcus craves for, but it ends up in way too many requests, way too much parsing and also can't read profiles hidden for public, so I think there's no chance getting that done.